Following on from the walk out by BBC journalists, there has been an additional walk out by BBC sound engineering staff who stormed out of broadcasting house today for the reason of having to listen to a Christmas song a whole seven weeks before the event begins.
'We sensed trouble as soon as we heard the first few painful notes to "all I want from Christmas is you" by Mariah Carey played by bloody Fearn Cotton' commented cheif sound engineer Trevor Bell ' I for one was not prepared for another long hard run in to Christmas having to listen to this shite just because some disc jockeys are too lazy to play proper music'.
Bell was not alone with these thoughts as most of his colleagues in the sound department were also up in arms about the idea of being subjected to many weeks of 'do they know it's christmas', 'fairy tale of new york' and 'mary's boy child' as their listening material. 'It's alright for the listeners because they can just switch off but we can't. We've got to hang around and engineer this crap'.
After Bell and his staff made their walk they immediately alerted their union to the matter.
' My members are not prepared to suffer such attacks on their sensibilties and ear drums' claimed Engineer Union Spokesman Mike Standing ' we're only at the beginning of November and if disc jockeys are going to start playing chrimbo songs now then the fear is that the floodgates will open for more'.
Standing explained that this walk out had been coming for years and the playing of Mariah Carey's highly irritating christmas hit was the straw that broke the wise man of olds camels back. 'We had a good case for a walk out last year when Ken Bruce played 'here it is merry christmas' by Slade on the tenth of november. It's no joke when you have a member of the sound engineering team going off with stress caused by severe insomnia after waking up constantly in the middle of the night shouting it's christmassssssssss at the top of his voice'.
BBC chiefs were uncommital as to how a resolution could be found for this issue but a suspension of the employment of Fearn Cotton until after Christmas could be a good start.