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Should Radio 1's Chart Show return to Sunday?


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Sparked by Greg James' comments this morning, should Radio 1 move the Chart Show back to a Sunday?

I feel perhaps they're slowly getting there with the amount of hype they're giving the chart show update with Vick and Katie.

But it does still feel like the Friday chart is crammed into a short time period, whereas Sunday gives it more flexibility. 

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The chart is compiled from Friday-Thursday (with the chart the following day), hence why they moved it in the first place. Moving it back to Sunday would render the official chart countdown out of date (as OCC publish the full chart at 17:45 on a Friday anyway). 

I personally prefer the current fast paced format anyway. That said, i do miss the Sunday chart. The way the music industry has changed, how people consume music, and to be fair how stagnent the charts are nowadays, i couldn't see the benefit of moving back to a 3 hour show playing the top 40 in full. Moving Radio 1's social action output into daytime on life hacks is a win win for R1 as a public service broadcaster, offers up an alternative to all the other 'countdowns' on commercial stations.

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I like the chart on a Friday as it makes a great start to the weekend. They have the official chart first look on a Sunday which I think does the job, however I do miss the being able to watch the live video between 6-7 and then Dan and Phil's show on a Sunday.

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9 hours ago, Jono said:

Sparked by Greg James' comments this morning, should Radio 1 move the Chart Show back to a Sunday?

What did Greg say, out of interest? 

I must admit I haven't listened to the chart in years - I don't think it really means much anymore, since streaming was introduced. I'd be happier if it was on at 1 then Grimmy was on half 3 to 6. (The weekend on a Friday idea was always terrible, but makes even less sense now Greg is on but the rest of the weekday line-up isn't). I think the show would be perfect for a Friday afternoon, and he could do Going Home Anthems at 5 - which would make much more sense than half 3 on a Thursday. Then a handover chat with Annie - they're always fun but would be especially daft.

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On 3/12/2021 at 10:43 PM, Darren m said:

Yes I agree with you it seems daft having just Greg Monday to Friday then the weekend thing I would rather have Jordan on 5 days a week on drive though 

Is it me or does anyone find that Greg James was better suited to drive than breakfast. On reflection I didn’t mind Nick Grimshaw doing the breakfast show. Remember slowly started to listen to 6 Music but since the pandemic haven’t really been waking up that early.

im for chart on Friday as that’s when data is released but do miss having Scott Mills on Friday for five podcasts a week. However don’t know how many young people do listen to chart shows for music information.

Think it was worth keeping the four day a week thing as many may now be flexible with they working time or may want radio reflect the need of a four working day week. Know Times Radio does it well but could do a thing of including different presenters for the Friday slots but would honestly want Katie Thistleton over Jordan for the next promotion 

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I'm a regular listener of the Tiktok Chart... oops, I mean the Official Chart since Scott took over, and I prefer this shorter version too, gives them more freedom in picking which songs get played from the lower half.

If I remember correctly, it has been moved from Sunday to Friday because it has to match the day of new music releases. If they move it back to Sunday, it becomes outdated.

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Might be an unpopular opinion on here but I actually think that the snappy, hits focused format on Drive is the perfect setting for a chart show fit for the 2020s!  Maximises audience, and keeps it mainstream.  Excellent gig for Scott as well, still doing Drive one day a week after all this time.

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I agree with many posts in this thread - I think that The Official Chart should stay in its current time slot of 4:00 - 5:45 on Fridays. It means a more up to date broadcast (with the chart revealed first on air before the OCC update), a greater variety of hits at the lower end of the chart (such hits are varied in every show) and, more importantly, a faster show that Scott Mills has made his own (and Greg James before him).

I do remember the days of a Sunday chart on from 4:00 - 7:00, where the show had greater flexibility and longer links/interviews could fit around the hits - but to keep it relevant today, I think it should stay on Fridays.

Just realised it's 70 years of The Official Chart next February wow

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I also really like it on Fridays, it's a good start to the weekends. Also, if they did move it back to Sunday, what happens to Life Hacks, that's an important show for R1 and I don't think they'd want to lose it.

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22 hours ago, IsaacM said:

I agree with many posts in this thread - I think that The Official Chart should stay in its current time slot of 4:00 - 5:45 on Fridays. It means a more up to date broadcast (with the chart revealed first on air before the OCC update), a greater variety of hits at the lower end of the chart (such hits are varied in every show) and, more importantly, a faster show that Scott Mills has made his own (and Greg James before him).

I do remember the days of a Sunday chart on from 4:00 - 7:00, where the show had greater flexibility and longer links/interviews could fit around the hits - but to keep it relevant today, I think it should stay on Fridays.

Just realised it's 70 years of The Official Chart next February wow

I think I can imagine that Radio 2 and Radio 1 would mark that with specialist programming possibly could see Greatest Hits Radio doing something for it but think Scott Mills and maybe few ex chart presenters may present a few series on Radio 2 for it. In terms of chart interviews think there was something missing when got rid of the chart show thing that they did on IPlayer think Jack and Dean some youtubers presented that. 

Think maybe they could do some interviews and run downs after the chart for IGTV, Facebook Live etc and maybe a 15-20 minute short podcast running down the chart with some interviews and bits about the song 

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