Today presenters set to sing the news thanks to Martha Lane Fox

Written by James Millar on 19 December 2018 in Diary
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Dot com star will introduce karaoke to the BBC's flagship breakfast news programme

Martha Lane Fox has revealed that Radio 4 bosses have given the thumbs up to her idea to have a karaoke slot on the Today programme.

The internet entrepreneur turned crossbench peer is set to guest edit the show later this month and despite misgivings that the likes of Mishal Husain won't like it she will get the presenters to sing up to the nine o'clock pips.

She revealed the move in a tweet asking for suggestions for what tunes she will make the team warble.

 

 

Inevitably she received a wave of witty replies. Brexit-themed suggestions including Abba's 'Waterloo' and 'The Final Countdown' by Europe. One wag pointed out that the presenting team of John Humphrys, Mishal Hussain, Martha Kearney, Nick Robinson and Justin Webb had the numbers to put together a Spice Girls tribute act while another begged to hear Humphrys singing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. However the baroness revealed that veteran interviewer Humphrys is not due to be in the studio that day. She later gave a hint that she may have made a decision when she endorsed REM hit 'It's The End of The World As We Know It (and I feel fine)' was her favourite suggestion so far.

However she ended up putting the decision in the hands of her Twitter followers with a poll to choose between three options - The Eurythmics 'Sisters are Doing it for Themselves', Christmas classic 'Let it Snow' or Dolly Parton duet 'Islands in the Stream'.

Every year the BBC hands the editorial reins to a slate of celebrities over the Christmas period. Lane Fox, who made her name as the founder of lastminute.com and now sits as a crossbench peer, takes charge on December 27, the day before Angelina Jolie assumes the editor's chair.

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