BBC’s ‘Top’ to pop its last b’cast tune

World Brief

The BBC’s flagship pop-music program “Top of the Pops” has been canceled after 42 years because it can’t compete with 24-hour music channels.

The first “TOTP,” as it was widely known, was broadcast in 1964 and presented by BBC Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile. The first artists to appear were the Rolling Stones, who sang “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

Program celebrated its 2,000th show in 2002. The final edition will air July 30.

More TV

  • Entertainment One Inks Production Pact with

    Entertainment One Inks Production Pact With Emily Mortimer’s King Bee  

    The BBC’s flagship pop-music program “Top of the Pops” has been canceled after 42 years because it can’t compete with 24-hour music channels. The first “TOTP,” as it was widely known, was broadcast in 1964 and presented by BBC Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile. The first artists to appear were the Rolling Stones, who sang […]

  • European Parliament Rejects Key Proposed Digital

    European Parliament Rejects Key Proposed Digital Single Market Regulation

    The BBC’s flagship pop-music program “Top of the Pops” has been canceled after 42 years because it can’t compete with 24-hour music channels. The first “TOTP,” as it was widely known, was broadcast in 1964 and presented by BBC Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile. The first artists to appear were the Rolling Stones, who sang […]

  • ** Strictly embargoed until 00:01 on

    Jenna Coleman Returning for Season Three of ‘Victoria’

    The BBC’s flagship pop-music program “Top of the Pops” has been canceled after 42 years because it can’t compete with 24-hour music channels. The first “TOTP,” as it was widely known, was broadcast in 1964 and presented by BBC Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile. The first artists to appear were the Rolling Stones, who sang […]

  • Leyenda

    MICA: Mexico's Leyenda Brings to the Market TV Series 'La Amenaza Roja’

    The BBC’s flagship pop-music program “Top of the Pops” has been canceled after 42 years because it can’t compete with 24-hour music channels. The first “TOTP,” as it was widely known, was broadcast in 1964 and presented by BBC Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile. The first artists to appear were the Rolling Stones, who sang […]

  • NFL players suspension

    NFL Network Suspends On-Air Analysts Amid Sexual Harassment Probe

    The BBC’s flagship pop-music program “Top of the Pops” has been canceled after 42 years because it can’t compete with 24-hour music channels. The first “TOTP,” as it was widely known, was broadcast in 1964 and presented by BBC Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile. The first artists to appear were the Rolling Stones, who sang […]

  • Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin.

    'The Assassination of Gianni Versace': 6 Things We Learned From FX's First Screening

    The BBC’s flagship pop-music program “Top of the Pops” has been canceled after 42 years because it can’t compete with 24-hour music channels. The first “TOTP,” as it was widely known, was broadcast in 1964 and presented by BBC Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile. The first artists to appear were the Rolling Stones, who sang […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content