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RIP TOTP 2006-06-21

Posted by clype in Humanities, Statistics.

[Top of the Pops last logo]
'The BBC's' flagship pop music programme 'Top of the Pops' has been cancelled after 42 years, 'The BBC' has announced.

[Picture of Jana Bennett, Director of TV]
'The time has come to bring the show to its natural conclusion,' said 'The BBC's' director of television Ms.Jana Bennett.

In a statement, 'The BBC' said the weekly programme could no longer compete with 24-hour music channels.

  • 'Top of the Pops' was first broadcast in 1964, from a converted church in Manchester. The final edition will be shown on 2006-07-30.The pop programme was only commissioned for six episodes when it began in 1964. But it proved so popular that it won a weekly slot and has been broadcast by 'The BBC' ever since, celebrating its 2 000th show in 2002. The very first show was presented by 'BBC Radio 1' 'Disc Jockey' Mr.Jimmy Savile and the first artists to appear were 'The Rolling Stones', who sang 'I Wanna Be Your Man'.Many 'Radio 1' presenters hosted the show over the years, including Mr.Dave Lee Travis and Mr.Noel Edmonds. The current presenter is Ms.Fearne Cotton.

Sir Jimmy Savile said he was 'not at all' sad about the news and 'not surprised in the slightest'.

[Picture of Sir James Saville]
'In those days you would have to wait until Thursday night to get your fix and you don't need to do that anymore,' he said.

'"Top of the Pops" has been overrun by video of music on TV.'

[Old TOTP logo] Although it has had numerous 'face-lifts' in its 42-year history, 'Top of the Pops' has always featured the chart rundown, culminating in the 'number one single of the week'.

  • In the days before music videos, dancers would perform to songs by artists who couldn't make it to the studio.
    Although 'The Go-Jos' were the first dancing troupe to feature on the programme, the best-remembered dancers were Pan's People.They made their 'Top Of The Pops' debut in 1968 dancing to 'Tommy James And The Shondells'' hit 'Mony Mony', and stayed for nearly a decade.

[Old TOTP logo] In its 1970's heyday, the show attracted audiences of 15 million, but by 2002 the figure had dropped to just 3 million.

[Picture of Andi Peters] It was relaunched in 2003 with former presenter Mr.Andi Peters in charge, but it failed to attract new viewers and was moved to 'BBC Two' the following year.

[Picture of Roly Keating BBC 2 controller]
'The team did a sterling job in revitalising the format for our audience,' said 'BBC Two' controller Mr.Roly Keating,

'But we all recognise that the time has come to move on.'

Mr.Mike Read, who was a presenter in the 1980s, said:

[Picture of Mike Read who used to be famous]
'It was a situation that was obviously coming because of dwindling audiences.

'There are lots of people who say "I used to watch it years ago but I don't like the music". There needed to be a mix of old and new.'

In a statement, 'The BBC' stressed its commitment to other music shows, such as Mr.Jools Holland's 'Later' programme and 'The BBC Four Sessions'.

[Penultimate TOTP logo]

Mr.Noel Edmonds said he thought it was 'dangerous' to 'throw out one of the most recognised brands in TV today'.

[Picture of Young Noel edmonds]
'It's a huge commodity and kids are still listening to music, even if they are downloading it.

'It's a tragedy when a broadcaster doesn't understand such a powerful brand.'

The 'Top of the Pops' spin-off show, 'TOTP2', will also make irregular appearances, incorporating archive footage from the series and occasional new performances.



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