The Official Chart

This article is about the BBC Radio 1 show. For the singles chart itself, see UK Singles Chart. For company, see Official Charts Company.
The Official Chart with Greg James
Other names The Official Chart
Genre Music, chat
Running time 105 minutes (4:00 pm5:45 pm)
Country  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1
Hosted by Greg James
Produced by Sarah
Recording studio Broadcasting House, London
Air dates since 1 October 1967 (1967-10-01)
Audio format Stereophonic sound

The Official Chart is a long-running United Kingdom music chart programme, airing each Friday afternoon on BBC Radio 1. It airs the UK Singles Chart compiled by the Official Charts Company, and is hosted by Greg James.

In March 2015 it was announced that The Official Chart would move from its traditional Sunday slot to Friday afternoons from July 2015.[1] This was to coincide with the global change in new music release dates from Sundays to Fridays.[2] The current chart airs between 16:00-17:45.


Pick of the Pops, as the chart was originally known, transferred to Radio One from the BBC Light Programme in October 1967, along with host Alan Freeman. Tom Browne took over in 1972 with Solid Gold Sixty before Simon Bates started the show in its current form as a countdown of the top 40 singles. Since then the show has had a variety of different names and presenters in guest and permanent roles.

The programme has run consistently every week, with the exception of 31 August 1997, when it was cancelled due to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The show has also been shortened during coverage of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend.

Due to coverage of Gregathlon for Sport Relief 2016, the show on 12 February 2016 was presented by Scott Mills at the earlier time of 2pm to 4pm.

Recent format

In recent years the show has reflected changes in the music industry. In 2005 downloads began to be included as part of the top 40, and from July 2014 the show has also included audio streaming alongside physical sales.

Between February 2012 and August 2014 the show also began to stream visually with music videos of the top 10 singles aired simultaneously on the Radio 1 website.

On 24 March 2015, it was announced that in July 2015 the show would be moving from a standalone show in its traditional Sunday night slot to a new position on Friday afternoons as part of Greg James' afternoon show.[3] The move is due to an international agreement by the music industry to release all new albums and singles on Fridays. The new chart now only plays the top 25 in full rather than the top 40 that had previously been broadcast. It also means that Clara Amfo has become the shortest-serving permanent host of the show.

The Sunday night slot has been replaced with a new show hosted by Cel Spellman.[4]


From To Presenter(s) Format
1 October 1967 24 September 1972 Alan Freeman Known as Pick of the Pops and featured new entries between numbers 21 and 30 and the complete Top 20.
1 October 1972 17 March 1974 Tom Browne A three-hour show called Solid Gold Sixty featuring new releases, climbers and chart entries below the Top 20 from 16:00–18:00, followed by the Top 20 itself from 18:00–19:00.
24 March 1974 26 March 1978 Reduced to just the Top 20, running from 18:00–19:00.
2 April 1978 5 November 1978 Simon Bates
12 November 1978 26 August 1979 Extended to a two-hour Top 40 from 17:00–19:00.
2 September 1979 3 January 1982 Tony Blackburn
10 January 1982 1 January 1984 Tommy Vance
8 January 1984 23 September 1984 Simon Bates
30 September 1984 23 March 1986 Richard Skinner
30 March 1986 23 September 1990 Bruno Brookes
30 September 1990 30 December 1990 Mark Goodier
6 January 1991 1 March 1992 Extended to a two-and-a-half-hour Top 40 from 16:30–19:00.
8 March 1992 Tommy Vance
15 March 1992 16 April 1995 Bruno Brookes Extended to a three-hour Top 40 from 16:00–19:00.
23 April 1995 17 November 2002 Mark Goodier
24 November 2002 2 February 2003 Cover presenters
9 February 2003 30 January 2005 Wes Butters
6 February 2005 27 February 2005 Cover presenters
6 March 2005 23 September 2007 JK and Joel
30 September 2007 JK and Joel
Bruno Brookes
Mark Goodier
7 October 2007 Scott Mills
14 October 2007 20 September 2009 Fearne Cotton
Reggie Yates
27 September 2009 23 December 2012 Reggie Yates Music videos for the top 10 songs were streamed online from 26 February 2012 to 31 August 2014.
30 December 2012 6 January 2013 Cover presenter Scott Mills
13 January 2013 18 January 2015 Jameela Jamil Audio streaming became included in the chart as of 6 July 2014.
25 January 2015 5 July 2015 Clara Amfo
10 July 2015 present Greg James The chart moved to Friday afternoons airing from 16:00–17:45. This features the Top 25 in full, while 40–26 are mentioned briefly.

The Official Chart Update

The Official Chart Update
Genre Music
Running time 15 minutes (5:30 pm5:45 pm)
Country  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1
Hosted by Greg James
Recording studio Broadcasting House, London
Air dates since 10 March 2010
Audio format Stereophonic sound

Beginning on 10 March 2010, The Official Chart Update brand was launched giving an insight into the Official Singles Chart as it stands during the week.[5] It originally aired on BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday afternoons, with a television version aired on MTV Music and MTV Hits. The Radio 1 show is currently hosted by Greg James. Previous hosts include Scott Mills, Clara Amfo and Jameela Jamil. James previously hosted the show from 2010-2012.

When the Official Chart moved to Fridays in July 2015, The Official Chart Update moved from Wednesdays to Mondays at 17:30.[5]

From To Presenter(s)
10 March 2010 19 December 2012 Greg James
9 January 2013 14 January 2015 Scott Mills and Jameela Jamil
21 January 2015 1 July 2015 Scott Mills and Clara Amfo
13 July 2015 Present Greg James


  1. Savage, Mark. "Radio 1 chart show moving to Friday afternoons". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  2. "FAQs | New Music Fridays". Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  3. "Radio 1 chart show moving to Friday afternoons - BBC News". BBC News Online. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  4. "Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper on new Official Chart Show plans - BBC Newsbeat". BBC Newsbeat. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  5. 1 2 Talbot, Martin (4 July 2015). "Everything you need to know about the new Official Chart". Official Charts.
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