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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 July, 2005, 23:10 GMT 00:10 UK
TOTP announces Sunday move date
Fearne Cotton
Host Fearne Cotton will be joined by guest presenters
The BBC's long-running music programme Top of the Pops is to launch in its new Sunday BBC Two slot on 17 July.

The live 35-minute show will be presented by current host Fearne Cotton with changing special guest presenters, the first being Phil Jupitus.

The new programme at 1900 BST will combine with archive show TOTP2, mixing new music with classic footage.

BBC Two controller Roly Keating said the new time slot "marks an exciting new era for the show".

"Top of the Pops will be working more closely with Radio 1 continuing to add to our portfolio of great music and performance programmes - from Later with Jools Holland to Glastonbury - making it a natural member of the BBC Two music family."

Other guests presenters will include Jeremy Clarkson, Mark Lamarr, The Osbournes and Reggie Yates.

The show will retain the familiar Top of the Pops theme tune, logo and set design and will end with the chart countdown, as before.

Viewing figures

The show's move to BBC Two was first announced in November 2004 and signalled the biggest shake-up in its history.

The show which was first broadcast in 1964 and has always been on BBC One.

Top of the Pops was relaunched in December 2003 in an attempt to reverse a long-term decline in audience figures.

The All New Top of the Pops was fronted by newcomer Tim Kash and was put together by producer Andi Peters, who was brought back to the BBC from Channel 4 to revitalise the series.

About three million people a week were watching the show on Fridays - less than half the total it was attracting in the mid-1990s - as the programme went up against popular ITV soap Coronation Street.

But despite the relaunch audience figures failed to rise and have now slipped to around 2.5 million.

Footage from the first edition of Top of the Pops

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