The Official Chart on BBC Radio 1 to move to Fridays from July - Greg James to present the weekly show from 4-6pm
The Chart must feel like it's providing news, not just confirmation of something the listeners already knew. It's a privilege to host it and even better that I don't have to work Sundays.Greg James
It was also announced that CBBC will be joining forces with Radio 1 to create the CBBC Official Chart Show - an energetic mix of pop, gossip, UGC interactive features and fast-moving entertainment, that will be hosted by Cel Spellman and broadcast live from Radio 1’s Live Lounge, beginning in May.
The move of The Official Chart within Radio 1’s schedule coincides with the recent news that the record industry is moving to a synchronised global release day of Friday and that The Official Charts Company will be moving the UK chart announcement to reflect this change.
Ben Cooper says: “The days of recording your favourite songs from the chart onto cassette are long gone and Radio 1 now operates in an instant digital world. So when the global release date changes to a Friday we will also move The Official Chart, continuing our commitment to stay relevant to young music fans of today and tomorrow.”
Greg James says: “It's great that Radio 1 can make big statements like this. Radio has been under scrutiny over the last few years to keep up with the internet but with the popularity of our content online as well as out of the speakers we are proving that we're more relevant than ever. We can react quicker than TV and most online outlets so the reality is the oldest medium has become the most vital and strangely the most reactive. The Chart must feel like it's providing news, not just confirmation of something the listeners already knew. It's a privilege to host it and even better that I don't have to work Sundays.”
Martin Talbot, Official Charts Company chief executive, says: “This is an exciting new era for the Official Singles Chart - following the integration of streams, with the move to a new, more high profile slot. BBC Radio 1 has been the home of the UK’s Official Singles Chart for more than 40 years and we are delighted that they are as excited about future plans for the chart as we are.”
The move to the new, drivetime slot means that BBC Radio 1 will continue to be the home of the UK’s Official Singles Chart.
Beginning in the 1960s as Pick Of The Pops, The Official Chart is currently broadcast from 4-7pm on Sundays and is presented by Clara Amfo.
It was announced in February that Clara will be joining the daytime roster of DJs on Radio 1, becoming the new host of Radio 1’s Live Lounge, presenting the weekday 10am - 1pm show on the network from Monday 25 May.
The final hour (6-7pm) of Greg’s Friday show will continue to be dedicated to Dance Anthems.
Notes to Editors
The UK charts will incorporate sales and streams across seven days, from 00.01 on Friday through to midnight on Thursday evening, compiled overnight and delivered to the nation every Friday afternoon.
BBC Radio 1 will announce what will fill the 4-7pm slot on Sunday in the coming weeks.
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BBC Radio 1 is the UK’s No.1 youth station, targeting 15 to 29 year-olds with a distinctive mix of new music and programmes focusing on issues affecting young people.
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