London - 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 8-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 on Monday that Hanson had written to the Radio 4 PM programme 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.