See what happens when BBC World Service quits broadcasting the bongs of Big Ben?

Posted: 12 Aug 2010   Print   Send a link
The Telegraph, 11 August 2010: "[T]he supremacy of Greenwich Mean Time is being challenged by a gargantuan new clock being built in Mecca, by which the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims could soon be setting their watches."

The Telegraph, 11 August 2010: Big Ben "might still be the world's most recognisable clock, but its significance is dwindling for many ever since the BBC World Service's English services stopped broadcasting the 'bongs' on a daily basis (now only happens at 0000 GMT on New Year's Day)." -- Actually, we World Service English listeners would only hear the "bongs," indicating what time it is, at 0000 UTC, oops GMT, on New Year's Day. What we used to hear, usually at :15, :30, or :45 past the hour, were the various versions of the "Westminster Quarters," or "Westminster Chimes," from Big Ben.