BBC defend decision to play Sir Cliff's new song

The BBC has defended its decision to play Sir Cliff Richard's new single, which is inspired by his privacy case against the broadcasting company.

Sir Cliff told Radio 2 that his new single 'Rise Up' represented "bad times", which ultimately ended with the singer being awarded £210,000 in damages from the BBC.

The track was released just one month after he won a court against the BBC, following a televised raid on his home over sexual assault allegations a few years ago.

Despite the inspiration behind the song, a Radio 2 spokesperson said: "The BBC has often featured Cliff Richard's music throughout his career and nothing has changed.

"Radio 2 premiered Cliff's new record as we thought that our audience would like to hear it."

Rise Up features the lyrics: "They're never gonna break me down, they're never gonna take me down, they know I'm gonna rise up feeling stronger."

The singer had claimed that the raid in August 2014 was a "serious invasion" of privacy, and judge Mr Justice Mann said that the broadcaster had invaded Richard's privacy in a "serious and sensationalist way".

"Sir Cliff had privacy rights and the BBC infringed those rights without justification," the judge told the court ( The Mirror).

The singer was never arrested or charged over the historic allegations, and South Yorkshire Police had earlier agreed to pay £400,000 after settling a claim he brought against the force.