As BBC reflect shift in global releases...
BBC Radio 1

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BBC Radio 1 are moving the Official Chart. A hollowed Sunday night institution, the show will now move to Friday evenings, in line with the newly established global release day.

BBC Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said: "The days of recording your favourite songs from the chart onto cassette are long gone and Radio 1 now operates in an instant digital world. So when the global release date changes to a Friday we will also move The Official Chart, continuing our commitment to stay relevant to young music fans of today and tomorrow."

Host Greg James said: "It's great that Radio 1 can make big statements like this. Radio has been under scrutiny over the last few years to keep up with the internet but with the popularity of our content online as well as out of the speakers we are proving that we're more relevant than ever. We can react quicker than TV and most online outlets so the reality is the oldest medium has become the most vital and strangely the most reactive."

"The Chart must feel like it's providing news, not just confirmation of something the listeners already knew. It's a privilege to host it and even better that I don't have to work Sundays."

The Official Chart will move to Fridays from July.

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