Revealed: BBC's wartime gambit to keep Big Ben bonging if Nazis scored a direct bomb hit on the iconic clock tower


The ‘bongs’ of Big Ben have been a fixture on the news for decades, often serving as a reminder of a strong government in times of chaos.

But it has emerged that the BBC had a scheme to ensure they kept on chiming even if the Houses of Parliament came under attack from German bombers in the Second World War. 

Newly released archive material reveals plans to replace the sound of Big Ben with a recorded version especially designed to fool the enemy.

During the conflict, the corporation routinely aired live ‘bongs’, risking the background sound of planes buzzing overhead had an attack happened.