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Golden oldies win battle of pop charts

By Anthony Barnes

Hits ain't what they used to be - as radio audience figures show that listeners to the BBC's chart countdown are dwarfed by those for a weekly rundown of vintage hits.

Latest figures show the Radio 1 chart programme, which over the years has prompted generations to tune in on a Sunday evening to hear the big music sellers, has hundreds of thousands fewer listeners than the hits of yesteryear featured in Radio 2's Pick Of The Pops.

The Official Top 40 show - from which presenter Jameela Jamil has recently announced she is stepping down - draws 1.3 million, while Radio 2's show has an audience of 2.1 million.

Pick Of The Pops, hosted by veteran presenter Tony Blackburn, usually features two vintage charts each week to revisit past hits. The figures, which come from radio data compiled by audience research body Rajar, show younger listeners have not entirely lost their appetite for the chart hits of the day.

The Vodafone Big Top 40, which is broadcast on the Capital network at the same time the BBC broadcasts the Official Singles Chart each Sunday, has a weekly audience of 2.6 million.

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