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The Official Chart

This article is about the BBC Radio 1 show. For the singles chart itself, see UK Singles Chart.
The Official Chart
Other names The Official Chart with Clara Amfo
The Radio 1 Chart Show
Genre Music, chat
Running time 180 minutes (4:00 pm–7:00 pm)
Country 23x15px United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1
Host(s) Clara Amfo (January–July 2015); Greg James (July 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, formerly known as The Radio 1 Chart Show, is a long-running United Kingdom music chart programme, airing each Sunday afternoon on BBC Radio 1. It airs the UK Singles Chart compiled by the Official Charts Company, and is hosted by Clara Amfo. 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 GMT.

In March 2015, it was announced that, from July 2015, The Official Chart would move to Friday afternoons and it would only be a two-hour show. The show will still commence at 16:00 GMT, but will finish at 18:00 GMT.


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.

The program has run consistently every week, with the exception of 31 August 1997, when it was replaced on BBC Radio 1 by news coverage of the death of the Princess Of Wales, Lady Diana.

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).

On 15th December 2014, Radio 1 announced that Clara Amfo would take over from Jameela Jamil as host of The Official Chart in January 2015 following reports that Jamil had decided to take time out of her career to travel whilst retaining the flexibility to work at the station. Amfo will host the chart for 7 months, before handing down to Greg James in July 2015.[2]

On 24th March 2015, Radio 1 announced that Greg James would take over from Clara Amfo as the host of The Official Chart in July 2015, as the chart moves to a Friday evening (4-6pm), and will air during James's usual show. Amfo will remain at the station, as she is taking over the weekday 10am-1pm 'Live Lounge' show from Fearne Cotton. More on this will follow in the coming months.

Scott Mills is the regular cover presenter of the show, having first covered in 1999.


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' drivetime show.[3] The move is due to an international agreement by the music industry to release all new albums and singles on Fridays, and the new show will feature the top 20 only rather than the full top 40 currently being broadcast. It also means that Clara Amfo will become the shortest-serving host of the show, although Amfo will shortly be moving to mid-mornings on Radio 1 to take over from Fearne Cotton.[4]


From To Presenter(s) Cover presenter(s) Format
1 October 1967 24 September 1972 Alan Freeman 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 Johnie 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
12 November 1978 26 August 1979 Andy Peebles 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 Simon Bates
Andy Peebles
8 January 1984 23 September 1984 Simon Bates Richard Skinner
30 September 1984 23 March 1986 Richard Skinner Tommy Vance
Simon Bates
Bruno Brookes
30 March 1986 23 September 1990 Bruno Brookes Tommy Vance
Simon Bates
Gary Davies
Mark Goodier
30 September 1990 30 December 1990 Mark Goodier 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 Cover presenter
15 March 1992 16 April 1995 Bruno Brookes 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 Clive Warren
Dave Pearce
Judge Jules
Scott Mills
24 November 2002 2 February 2003 Cover presenters Jo Whiley
Chris Moyles
Emma B
Mark Radcliffe
Sara Cox
Tim Westwood
John Peel
Scott Mills
9 February 2003 30 January 2005 Wes Butters Scott Mills
6 February 2005 27 February 2005 Cover presenters Jo Whiley & Colin Murray
Vernon Kay & DJ Spoony
Scott Mills & Nemone
Scott Mills & Edith Bowman
6 March 2005 23 September 2007 JK and Joel Scott Mills
30 September 2007 JK and Joel
Bruno Brookes
Mark Goodier
7 October 2007 Cover presenter 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
Music videos for the top 10 songs began streaming online from 26 February 2012 - 31 August 2014
30 December 2012 06 January 2013 Cover presenter Scott Mills
13 January 2013 18 January 2015 Jameela Jamil Scott Mills
Audio streaming became included in the chart as of 6 July 2014
25 January 2015 12 July 2015 Clara Amfo Scott Mills
Greg James
17 July 2015 Greg James The chart is moving to a Friday afternoon - 16:00-18:00 and will feature the Top 20 in full, while 40-21 will be mentioned briefly. Greg James will host the chart when it begins it's new inception, as it is part of his 4-7pm weekday drivetime show. Newsbeat follows the broadcast, before BBC Radio 1's Dance Anthems with Greg James airs 18:00-19:00.

The Official Chart Update

The Official Chart Update
Genre Music
Running time 30 minutes (3:30 pm–4:00 pm)
Country 23x15px United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1
Host(s) Scott Mills & Clara Amfo
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 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 Clara Amfo, having previously been co-presented by Jameela Jamil until January 2015 and presented by Greg James until January 2013.[5] Due to the fact the Chart Show moving to a Friday evening, to be presented by Greg James, it is believed the update will continue with Greg on a Monday afternoon, although this is unconfirmed.

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 July 2015 Scott Mills and Clara Amfo
July 2015 Greg James


  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. "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. 5.0 5.1 "Official midweek 'chart' launched". BBC News. 1 February 2010. 

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