Show not coming back despite reports

Top Of The Pops is not returning in a digital format, NME has learnt.

It was reported that Radio 1’s Official Chart show was set to be revamped in a style similar to Top Of The Pops next month.

However, sources close to the programme have denied any link between the Top Of The Pops format and this new venture. The online show, where viewers will be available to watch the final hour of the charts from Sunday, February 26, is being seen as “visualised radio” and not connected to the Top Of The Pops format.

Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1, said:

This is the Chart Show for the 21st century. I’m very excited about this innovation. Young people will be logging on to listen, watch and take part in the show. I hope that this will be to our young listeners what listening to the chart and waiting to record your favourite pop songs was for another generation.

As reported by Music Week, Reggie Yates will present the new show live in the studio with viewers able to watch music videos in the countdown to Number One.

Yates said: “For the first time fans will be able to see all the antics and interviews that take place each week on the show in the run up to announcing the Number One single as well as being able to watch the music videos from the Top 10 artists.”