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BBC says thanks but no to girl's offer to chime Big Ben

FILE - This is a Tuesday, April 26, 2016 file photo of the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the Big Ben bell, at the Houses of Parliament as it is reflected in a bus window in London.A school girl’s offer to replace Big Ben’s familiar chimes when the London landmark is silenced for repairs has received a gentle rebuff from the BBC on Monday Dec. 19, 2016.  BBC editor Roger Sawyer told eight-year-old Phoebe Hanson it would probably be too much work for such a young girl.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

FILE - This is a Tuesday, April 26, 2016 file photo of the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the Big Ben bell, at the Houses of Parliament as it is reflected in a bus window in London.A school girl’s offer to replace Big Ben’s familiar chimes when the London landmark is silenced for repairs has received a gentle rebuff from the BBC on Monday Dec. 19, 2016. BBC editor Roger Sawyer told eight-year-old Phoebe Hanson it would probably be too much work for such a young girl. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)  (The Associated Press)

A schoolgirl's offer to replace Big Ben's familiar chimes when the London landmark is silenced for repairs has received a gentle rebuff from the BBC.

BBC editor Roger Sawyer told eight-year-old Phoebe Hanson it would probably be too much work for such a young girl.

Hanson had written a letter offering to replace the clock tower's bells when they are silenced next year for a planned three-year renovation project.

The BBC said Monday that Hanson had written to the Radio 4 PM program after hearing the chimes used to mark the time on BBC broadcasts would fall silent.

Sawyer said in his letter that it would be "quite a task for you" to handle the BBC bongs: "You'd have to rush in after school each day," he said.