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Radio 1 Chart Show to move from Sunday

By James Martin
Posted 4 April 2015, 12.55pm edt
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Although it is the end of an era, have the charts finally become an irrelevance or is this the way the kids prefer it these days? Also, what impact will this have for the Big Top 40? Will it bring some diversity to the Sunday afternoon schedule?

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PRO2 years, 5 months ago

I can see the Big Top 40 staying on a Sunday, considering it's also based on airplay and fills a void in what is dead airtime across commercial radio, where as Radio 1 who has the official chart data is moving due to the changes in release dates for new singles.

Incidentally for those who are feeling nostalgic, Absolute 80s will present a chart rundown from 4-7pm with Martyn Lee from May on Sunday's.

2 years, 5 months ago

Good point, I wondered if now was a good time for the more focussed stations to do something different; it's not a show that fits on Heart, for example. The Network Chart in many ways is the last bastion of the full-service era.

2 years, 5 months ago

Having the UK chart move to a Friday puts the UK in line with many other European countries that have been unveiling their charts on Fridays for years or decades.

As usual, whilst we in the UK think that we're ahead of everybody else, the reality is we are often very far behind. If you bother to look at the charts of our neighbouring countries, you will see songs that have already charted, yet they won't be released in the UK for several more weeks or even months.

Uptown Funk was already a global hit (it was in the Top 5 of the World Chart) and had already been in and out out of some European charts before it was released in the UK - even with that very song actually getting released 6 WEEKS earlier than it was originally scheduled to be (CBS weren't due to release it in this country until the last week of January 2015). Uptown Funk ended up being released ahead of schedule in the UK, very hurriedly, after a performance by an X-factor contestant. Even so, the UK was still behind the charts of most of our European (and Global) neighbours for that song.

Another great example of a song is Gwen Stefani's "Baby Don't Lie." It was initially released in the USA in October. It charted across Europe in the weeks that followed. The UK has yet to hear it - but it's only April, so there's still time yet.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

Good point, I wondered if now was a good time for the more focussed stations to do something different

Didn't commercial radio already try that with the a more urban/dance chart for the Kiss/Galaxy formats, a AC chart for Heart/Real and a CHR for the Capital's/heritage ILR's, which were all axed and the current BT40 put in it's place?

I certainly remember The Smash Hits Chart which went out on the ex Emap's, which a dance skewed version for Kiss 100 with Mark Goodier after he left Radio 1's chart.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

The Network Chart was the only way that commercial radio could easily gain from national revenue in the old days; between 5.00pm and 7.00pm, it only carried national advertising and gave stations no opportunity to play local ads.

The Big Top 40 still reaches many small stations and probably represents a useful revenue generation tool for them. One assumes that it will continue, therefore: given that it is a 'real time chart' it probably works at any time of the week. Indeed, perhaps it's now "the first chart of the week", with Friday, Saturday and Sunday's sales.

2 years, 5 months ago

As Radio 1 are moving it to Fridays, it would make sense for commercial radio to do the same, otherwise they'll look very out of date by the time Sunday comes round.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

As Radio 1 are moving it to Fridays, it would make sense for commercial radio to do the same, otherwise they'll look very out of date by the time Sunday comes round.

Commercial radio would be silly to dump local and commercially viable drive shows for a networked chart show.

Radio 1 doesn't have these pressures, although I'm sure they'll still keep Newsbeat's long 5.45pm edition as part of the changes to the chart time.

2 years, 5 months ago

I don't know about the rest of you but I broadcast on community radio and we as a station don't broadcast the BT40, however we do a show called The RT Contender's Chart which is broadcast on a Sunday 4-6pm before the official Chart is released. The RTCC is a prediction show running off the mid week chart and the show has been gaining listenership weekly , as we can get the listeners to intact with the show. Martin Phillips has said it "they'll look very out of date by the time Sunday comes round." Unfortunately with community FM with a full broadcast roster can't just up and move slots. So at the moment its looks like RTCC will have to reformat or close, unless any other options become available.
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