BBC Television's flagship pop music programme, Top of the Pops, is to
move to BBC TWO from spring 2005 and take on a new, extended format,
Roly Keating, Controller of BBC TWO, announced today (Monday 29 November).
Combining the best of Top of the Pops with Top of the Pops 2, the new
format will feature both the latest bands as well as music archive,
aiming to appeal to a diverse audience of music lovers.
For the first time in its history it will transmit on Sunday evenings,
creating a closer relationship with the Radio 1 Chart Show, making the
show even more of a weekly, live musical event.
Says Roly Keating: "It's an exciting new era for Top of the Pops.
We want to make it bigger and better so that it becomes the ultimate
pop music show for music lovers of every generation.
"BBC TWO has a strong heritage in pop music and performance programmes,
from Jools Holland to Glastonbury, so Top of the Pops will have a natural
home on the channel.
"The addition of Top of the Pops will also extend BBC TWO's offering
to younger audiences."
Lorraine Heggessey, Controller of BBC ONE, says: "Top of the
Pops has enjoyed a great life on BBC ONE and the production team have
done a wonderful job with the series.
"I believe they will find new fans for pop music with Top of the
Pops in its new home.
"BBC ONE will continue to support popular music with high profile
specials from leading artists - this week's Ivor Novello Tribute to
Sir Elton John for example - and showcase new musical talent in programmes
such as Friday Night with Jonathan Ross."
Adds Jana Bennett, Director of Television for the BBC: "In the
changing world of music and television, Top of the Pops will find a
stronger home on BBC TWO in its new format.
"I believe moving to TWO and adapting to a more diverse audience
of music lovers is the right evolution for the programme."