The Big Top 40 will relaunch exclusively on Capital and Heart next year while some local radio stations will get a brand new chart show.
Capital presenter Will Manning becomes the new host of The Official Big Top 40 from Sunday 6th January. The new show will countdown the songs which have been streamed, downloaded and played on the radio. Interviews with some of the world’s biggest artists are also promised on the relaunched show.
Will Manning also becomes the new host of the mid-morning show on Capital across the UK in the new year.
The relaunched Big Top 40 show can trace its history back to The Network Chart Show which began in the 1980’s. In the 90’s it was rebranded as the Pepsi Chart and hosted by Doctor Fox, before becoming Hit40UK in 2003. The Big Top 40 launched in 2009 and has been hosted by original presenter Kat Shoob and Marvin Humes since 2014.
Meanwhile a group of local radio stations are creating a new chart show. The new Total Access Top 40 show will start on Sunday 6th January and air from 4pm to 7pm. It will be hosted by Olivia Jones every week with the chart will compiled from airplay, sales and downloads in the UK. The new show will be sponsored by The Sun.
Commenting on the new show, Group Programme Director for Wireless Local Stations, Terry Underhill said: “The weekly Top 40 has been a ‘must listen’ show for decades and I’m excited that we’re able to produce our own weekly chart show.”
The nine local radio stations broadcasting the new show will be Signal 1, Signal 107, Wish FM, Pulse 1, Peak FM, Tower FM, Wire FM, Radio Wave and The Wave.
The weekly chart show on BBC Radio 1 is currently hosted by Scott Mills every Friday at 4pm.
Marvin Humes will continue to host the Capital Late Show, Monday to Thursday from 10pm to 1am.