The Chart Show is changing hands again with an all new format and day of the week to reflect changes to the release days of singles and albums.
From mid-July the programme will move to Greg James’ programme where the show will be shortened from three hours to two. Rather than playing out the Top 40 the show will play the Top 20, and it will be accompanied by a live television show on the CBBC channel.
The move means that Clara Amfo will bow out of the Chart Show after a short run presenting the programme. She will focus on her new mid-morning programme on Radio 1 which begins in May.
The changes have taken place after a global agreement between the music industry to release all new albums and singles on a Friday. It means the chart will now be compiled on a Friday morning, with Radio 1 still first to announce the UK’s new Number 1. The chart show has aired on a Sunday evening for nearly fifty years.
Ben Cooper said: “The days of recording your favourite songs from the chart onto cassette are long gone. 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”.
Greg James said that the chart “must feel like it’s providing news, not just conformation of something the listeners already knew.”
The programme will now air 4pm until 6pm with Dance Anthems airing from 6pm. The move means that the Friday evening Newsbeat will be shafted from its 5.45pm slot. It is rumoured that a new programme for the CBBC audience will take the Sunday afternoon slot from 4pm in July.