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BBC Radio 1 signs four-year deal with Official Charts Company

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BBC Radio 1 has signed a new four-year deal with the Official Charts Company.

The Official Singles Chart will remain on the BBC radio station until the end of 2016, extending the partnership into its 49th year.

Jameela Jamil

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BBC Radio 1 chart show host Jameela Jamil



Radio 1 has presented a countdown of the singles chart since 1967, and has been presented on Sunday afternoons for the last 25 years.

"We are delighted to agree this new deal with the BBC, who are our most valued partners," says the Official Charts Company's Managing Director, Martin Talbot.

"The fact that we will be on the cusp of marking our golden anniversary with the BBC by the end of this deal highlights just how successful this marriage has been.

"The fabulous Jameela Jamil has been doing a great job since taking over from Reggie Yates in January this year, and we look forward to working with her - and the rest of the Radio 1 Official Chart Show team - increasingly closely over the coming years."

The BBC celebrated the 60th anniversary of the singles chart during 2012, while the Official Number 1 Award was launched last year to present artists upon reaching the top of the charts.

Official Charts 60th birthday: Tony Blackburn and Jameela Jamil

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Jameela Jamil and Tony Blackburn mark the 60th anniversary of the singles chart



Talbot added: "The world is very different to when the chart was first broadcast on Radio 1 almost 50 years ago - today, the Official Singles Chart is available weekly across a wide range of media, including through the internet, mobile phone subscriptions, TV, print newspapers, magazines, in-flight entertainment services and jukeboxes.

"But Radio 1 continues to provide the appointment to hear the chart unveiled every Sunday - and long may that be so."

The contract also allows the broadcast of the Official Chart Update to continue, along with online publications of album and singles charts.

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