The Official Chart

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This article is about the BBC Radio 1 show. For the singles chart itself, see UK Singles Chart.
The Official Chart
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Other names

The Official Chart with Jameela Jamil

The Radio 1 Chart Show
Genre Music, Chat
Running time 180 minutes (4:00 pm–7:00 pm)
Country  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1
Host(s) Jameela Jamil (2013–2015)
Clara Amfo (2015-)
Producer(s) Neil Sloan
Recording studio Broadcasting House, London
Air dates since 1 October 1967 (1967-10-01)
Audio format Stereophonic sound

The Official Chart with Jameela Jamil, formally known as The Radio 1 Chart Show, is a long-running music radio programme on BBC Radio 1, airing on Sunday afternoons between 16:00-19:00. It airs the UK Singles Chart compiled by the Official Charts Company, and is hosted by Jameela Jamil. The format, length and starting time of the show have varied over the course of its run, but it has consistently ended broadcasting at 19:00. Radio 1 is the only station to broadcast the "official" UK Singles Chart.


From 15 March 1992 until 2 February 2003, the format was a countdown of the entire top 40 selling singles in the UK for that week, from 40 to number one. Since that date, the show has had a variety of different presenters in guest and permanent roles.

Jo Whiley became the first female to present the UK Top 40 on 24 November 2002 (a week after Mark Goodier's departure from the show) as one of a string of one-off presenters each week until Scott Mills presented the UK Top 40 each week from 5 January 2003 until 2 February 2003. Wes Butters launched the Chart Show on 9 February 2003. After this date the Chart Show was known as The Official UK Top 40. On 14 October 2007, Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates replaced JK & Joel as hosts of the Chart Show. Fearne Cotton became the first regular female presenter of the UK Top 40.

On 26 February 2012, a new look show started with the music videos of the top 10 singles aired live online from 6pm.

On 13 January 2013, Jameela Jamil took over presenting the show following Yates' departure from BBC Radio 1.[1]

From 6 July 2014, audio streaming is included alongside downloads and physical sales on the Singles Chart (see UK Singles Chart).

Ben Cooper announced on 15th December 2014 that Clara Amfo will take over from Jameela Jamil in January 2015 following reports that Jameela has decided to take some time out of her career to travel, whilst retaining the flexibility to work at BBC Radio 1.[2]


From To Presenter Format
1 October 1967 24 September 1972 Alan Freeman (Cover Presenter:Ed Stewart) 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 (Cover Presenters:Johnnie Walker, Paul Burnett & Simon Bates) A three-hour show called Solid Gold Sixty featuring new releases, climbers and chart entries below the Top 20 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, followed by the Top 20 itself from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
24 March 1974 26 March 1978 Reduced to just the Top 20, running from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
2 April 1978 5 November 1978 Simon Bates (Cover Presenter:Andy Peebles)
12 November 1978 26 August 1979 Extended to a two-hour Top 40 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
2 September 1979 3 January 1982 Tony Blackburn
10 January 1982 1 January 1984 Tommy Vance (Cover Presenters:Simon Bates & Andy Peebles)
8 January 1984 23 September 1984 Simon Bates (Cover Presenter:Richard Skinner)
30 September 1984 23 March 1986 Richard Skinner (Cover Presenters:Tommy Vance, Simon Bates & Bruno Brookes)
30 March 1986 23 September 1990 Bruno Brookes (Cover Presenters:Tommy Vance, Simon Bates, Gary Davies & Mark Goodier)
30 September 1990 30 December 1990 Mark Goodier (Cover Presenter:Tommy Vance)
6 January 1991 1 March 1992 Extended to a two-and-a-half-hour Top 40 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm
8 March 1992 Tommy Vance
15 March 1992 16 April 1995 Bruno Brookes (Cover Presenters:Mark Goodier, Simon Bates & Neale James) Extended to a three-hour Top 40 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
23 April 1995 17 November 2002 Mark Goodier (Cover Presenters:Clive Warren, Dave Pearce, Judge Jules & Scott Mills)
24 November 2002 2 February 2003 Jo Whiley, Chris Moyles, Emma B, Mark Radcliffe, Sara Cox, Nemone, Scott Mills
9 February 2003 30 January 2005 Wes Butters (Cover Presenter:Scott Mills)
6 February 2005 27 February 2005 Scott Mills, Edith Bowman, Nemone, DJ Spoony, Vernon Kay, Colin Murray & Jo Whiley
6 March 2005 23 September 2007 JK and Joel (Cover Presenter:Scott Mills)
30 September 2007 JK and Joel, Bruno Brookes & Mark Goodier
7 October 2007 JK and Joel
14 October 2007 20 September 2009 Fearne Cotton & Reggie Yates(Cover Presenter:Scott Mills)
27 September 2009 23 December 2012 Reggie Yates (Cover Presenters: Scott Mills, Dev, Greg James, Tom Deacon & Huw Stephens ) Music videos for the top 10 songs began streaming online from 26 February 2012 - 31 August 2014
13 January 2013 18 January 2015 Jameela Jamil (Cover Presenters: Scott Mills, Dev) Audio streaming became included in the chart as of 6 July 2014
25 January 2015 Clara Amfo

The Official Chart Update[edit]

The Official Chart Update
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Genre Music
Running time 30 minutes (3:30 pm–4:00 pm)
Country  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1
Host(s) Scott Mills & Jameela Jamil
Starring Scott Mills
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.[3] It airs on BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday afternoons, with a television version aired on MTV Music and MTV Hits. The Radio 1 show is hosted by Scott Mills and Jameela Jamil, having previously been presented by Greg James until January 2013.[3]

From To Presenter
10 March 2010 19 December 2012 Greg James
9 January 2013 present Scott Mills and Jameela Jamil


  1. ^ "The Official Chart With Jameela Jamil". BBC Media Centre. 
  2. ^ "Clara Amfo to present BBC Radio 1's Official Chart Show". BBC Newsbeat. 15 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Official midweek 'chart' launched". BBC News. 1 February 2010. 

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