TOP OF THE AXE LIST

And it's the first time it's had to move in its 40 year history…

TOP OF THE POPS is being axed by BBC1.

The show will move to a less high-profile slot on Sunday evenings on BBC2 from the Spring, the first move since it launched on the channel in 1964.

The show will have a new look and combine elements of Top Of The Pops 2.

BBC2 controller, Roly Keating said: “We want to make it bigger and better so that it becomes the ultimate pop music show for music lovers of every generation. BBC2 has a strong heritage in pop music and performance programmes, from Jools Holland to Glastonbury, so Top of the Pops will have a natural home on the channel. The addition of Top Of The Pops will also extend BBC2’s offering to younger viewers.”

Lorraine Heggessey, controller of BBC1, added: “Top Of The Pops has enjoyed a great life on BBC1 and the production team have done a wonderful job with the series.

”I believe they will find new fans for pop music with Top Of The Pops in its new home. BBC1 will continue to support popular music with high profile specials from leading artists – and showcase new musical talent in programmes such as Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.”

The show’s audience has slipped in recent years, and despite a revamp, attracts a reported three million viewers.