1 has today confirmed that it has signed a contract with the Official
Chart Company to be the exclusive radio partner for the download
The new chart will begin on 1 September and will
be broadcast weekly from then on at 6.00pm on Wednesdays during
The Scott Mills Show.
Andy Parfitt, Controller, Radio 1, said of the deal: "As we all
know, downloading is the most significant development in the music industry
since the CD.
"We are well on track to a time when this is one
of the main ways our young audience will buy their new music.
"It is absolutely right therefore that we should
pioneer with this chart - to push forward legal downloading and tell
the nation what the most popular tracks are."
Scott Mills said: "Despite still finding it hard to get to grips
with my iPod, I too know that downloading tracks is the way forward
so I am glad that Radio 1 is going to broadcast the chart.
"More importantly, though, I have always fancied
myself as a chart presenter so I plan to give Wes a run for his money
in the counting backwards stakes!"
Radio 1 will continue to broadcast The Official Chart show on Sunday
with Wes from 4.00 to 7.00pm.
A repeat of the download countdown will be carried in