The Official Chart

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The Official Chart
The Official Chart Logo.svg
Other namesThe Official Chart with Scott Mills
GenreMusic, chat
Running time105 minutes (4:00 pm–5:45 pm)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 1
Hosted byVarious
(as of 2018, Scott Mills)
Produced byLuciano Giaimo
Recording studioBroadcasting House, London
Original release1 October 1967 (1967-10-01) – present
Audio formatStereophonic sound

The Official Chart is a long-running United Kingdom music chart programme, airing each Friday afternoon on BBC Radio 1 and on MTV Music,MTV Hits. It airs the UK Singles Chart compiled by the Official Charts Company, and is currently hosted by Scott Mills.[1]

In March 2015 it was announced that The Official Chart would move from its traditional Sunday slot to Friday afternoons from July 2015.[2] This was to coincide with the global change in new music release dates from Sundays to Fridays.[3] The chart airs between 16:00 and 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. This consisted of two hours featuring Radio One playlist tracks which were not in the Top 20, followed by a one-hour Top 20 rundown. Starting from March 1974,[4] the playlist tracks were incorporated into Paul Burnett's 'All There Is To Hear', and the Tom Browne show was reduced to just the Top 20 for one hour at 18:00. In April 1978,Simon Bates took over as presenter.[5] From May 1978, Radio One had started promoting the Top 40 instead of the Top 30 in its Tuesday chart countdowns and daytime programming, and from November 1978 the Sunday chart show was extended to a two-hour countdown of the entire top 40. At first, every record was played, but as there was insufficient time to play the whole of each record, during the 1980s some songs dropping in the chart were excluded. Tony Blackburn, who had been removed from weekday programming, hosted the show from 1979 to 1982 but was replaced after being widely ridiculed for pronouncing the band Duran Duran as "durran durran" and for his over-use of the phrase "what a sensational sound". From 6 January 1991, every song in the top 40 was played[6] and in March 1992 the programme was extended to three hours to allow for each song again to be played in full. The programme now ran from 4pm until 7pm.[7] 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 as Radio 1 suspends programming due to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The show was also sometimes 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 2 to 4pm.

Recent format[edit]

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.[8] The move is due to an international agreement by the music industry to release all new albums and singles on Fridays. The new chart played 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. As of 17 February 2017, the top 40 are played, however only the new entries and highest climbers, but the top 10 is still played in full after 5 o’clock.[9]

The Sunday night slot has been replaced with a new show hosted by Cel Spellman.[10]


The names in italics indicates a co-host for the show.

From To Presenter(s) Format
Main Cover(s)
1 October 1967 24 September 1972 Alan Freeman Unknown 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 None[a] Tommy Vance
15 March 1992 16 April 1995 Bruno Brookes Unknown Extended to a three-hour Top 40 from 16:00–19:00.
23 April 1995 17 November 2002 Mark Goodier Scott Mills[11]
24 November 2002 2 February 2003 None[a] Various
9 February 2003 30 January 2005 Wes Butters Unknown
6 February 2005 27 February 2005 None[a] Various
6 March 2005 30 September 2007 JK and Joel Greg James[12]
7 October 2007 None[a] Scott Mills
14 October 2007 20 September 2009 Fearne Cotton
Reggie Yates
27 September 2009 23 December 2012 Reggie Yates Scott Mills
Greg James
Huw Stephens
A new background theme is introduced in February 2012.

Music videos for the top 10 songs were streamed online from 26 February 2012 to 31 August 2014.

30 December 2012 6 January 2013 None[a] Scott Mills
13 January 2013 8 December 2013 Jameela Jamil Scott Mills
15 December 2013 22 December 2013 Jameela Jamil
Jason Derulo (15 December)
Scott Mills (22 December)
29 December 2013 18 January 2015 Jameela Jamil Scott Mills
Audio streaming became included in the chart as of 6 July 2014.
25 January 2015 5 July 2015 Clara Amfo Scott Mills
Greg James
10 July 2015 20 October 2017 Greg James Dev
Scott Mills
The chart moved to Friday afternoons airing from 16:00–17:45. A new background theme is introduced.

In the beginning of the period, the top 25 songs are played in full while the songs at 26-40 will be mentioned briefly along with a short clip.

27 October 2017 8 December 2017 None[b][13] MistaJam The format has changed (as in February 2017) to feature the Top 10 played in full (beginning from 5pm after the newsbeat) with all new entries & big climbers getting a full play along with a select few other songs whilst the other song are quickly mentioned without a 30 sec clip. The top five albums are also announced. The singles at 10-3 will be rementioned quickly with a short clip before announcing the top 2 singles.
15 December 2017 9 March 2018 Greg James Scott Mills
Jordan North
16 March 2018 20 April 2018 None[b][13] MistaJam
Scott Mills
Jordan North
The Newsbeat at 5pm is cancelled to accommodate more songs to be played in the show. Top 10 starts from 5:05 - 5:45 pm
27 April 2018 18 May 2018 MistaJam
25 May 2018 8 June 2018 Greg James None
15 June 2018 Present (Present) Scott Mills[1] Jordan North The background theme has remastered based on the July 2015 version. Before announcing the top 2 singles, the singles at 20-3 will be rementioned quickly without a short clip.

Video streaming became included in the chart from 6 July 2018.


  1. ^ a b c d e These time periods indicate a change in primary hosts during which the show was presented by covers.
  2. ^ a b Greg James received primary billing for these shows however, he remains completely absent during these time periods.

The Official Chart Update[edit]

The Official Chart Update
The Official Chart Update Logo.svg
Running time15 minutes (5:30 pm–5:45 pm)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 1
Hosted byVarious
(as of 2018, Nick Grimshaw)
Recording studioBroadcasting House, London
Original release10 March 2010 (2010-03-10) – present (present)
Audio formatStereophonic 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.[14] It originally aired on BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday afternoons hosted by Greg James, with a television version aired on MTV Music and MTV Hits. In 2012 Scott Mills took over as host of The Official Chart Update with Jameela Jamil as co-host. Clara Amfo became the co-host of the show after Jamil left the show in early 2015. In mid-2015, Mills and Amfo left the show and James once again became the primary host of the show. Throughout the show's run Dev, Huw Stephens, and Matt Edmondson have filled in as cover presenters.

When the Official Chart moved to Fridays in July 2015, The Official Chart Update moved from Wednesdays to Mondays at 17:30.[14]


From To Presenter(s) Format,
Host Co-host Cover
10 March 2010 (2010-03-10) 19 December 2012 (2012-12-19) Greg James Chris Moyles
Comedy Dave
(11 May 2011)[15]
Scott Mills
Reggie Yates
Nick Grimshaw
Huw Stephens
Several songs such as the re-entry(ies), new entry(ies), highest climbers and the Number 1 single will be played in the show. The songs at 2-40 will be mentioned briefly before playing the Number 1 single.
9 January 2013 (2013-01-09) 14 January 2015 (2015-01-14) Scott Mills Jameela Jamil Huw Stephens
Matt Edmondson
21 January 2015 (2015-01-21) 1 July 2015 (2015-07-01) Clara Amfo Dev
Matt Edmondson
13 July 2015 (2015-07-13) 16 July 2018 (2018-07-16) Greg James None Dev The chart update is presented with the songs at 4-10 being mentioned briefly along with a short clip while the top 3 are played in full.
23 July 2018 (2018-07-23) 27 August 2018 Dev
Alice Levine
3 September 2018 (2018-09-03) Present Nick Grimshaw


  1. ^ a b McIntosh, Steven (10 April 2018). "BBC Radio 1 announces major schedule changes". BBC News. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  2. ^ Savage, Mark. "Radio 1 chart show moving to Friday afternoons". BBC News. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  3. ^ "FAQs | New Music Fridays". Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  4. ^
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  6. ^ – BBC Genome Project BBC Radio 1 listings 6 January 1991
  7. ^ BBC Genome Project – BBC Radio 1 listings 15 March 1992
  8. ^ "Radio 1 chart show moving to Friday afternoons - BBC News". BBC News Online. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper on new Official Chart Show plans - BBC Newsbeat". BBC Newsbeat. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Every Presenter of the Official Chart Show Ever". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Greg James Profile". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  13. ^ a b "BBC Radio 1 - The Official Charts with Greg James - Episode Guide". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  14. ^ a b Talbot, Martin (4 July 2015). "Everything you need to know about the new Official Chart". Official Charts.
  15. ^ CMS_AS (12 July 2011), Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave do the Chart Update pt1, retrieved 26 May 2018

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