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Jack Saunders is the new host of The Official Chart on BBC Radio 1

Jack Saunders is taking over as host of The Official Chart on Radio 1 Fridays, 4pm – 5.45pm, following Scott Mills announcing his departure earlier this month.

The first show hosted by Jack will be on Friday 9 September.

After starting his journey in student radio, Jack first joined Radio 1 in 2018 to present a brand-new music show now known as Radio 1’s Future Artists and Radio 1’s Indie Show. Most recently, he presented the BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury 2022.

Jack will follow in the footsteps of previous hosts including Jameela Jamil, Clara Amfo, Greg James and Scott Mills, to host the Radio 1 show. He’ll also lead the celebrations as the Singles Chart approaches its 70th anniversary in November.

Jack says: “I can’t believe my name gets added next to the endless list of legends who have presented The Official Chart and to take over from an amazing broadcaster such as Scott Mills is amazing. I can’t wait to get started and put my own imprint on it.”

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of BBC Radio 1, says: “Jack is a fantastic presenter who has proved hugely popular with our listeners. I know fans of The Official Chart will love his infectious energy and passion for music that he’ll undoubtedly bring to the show.”

Martin Talbot, Chief Executive, Official Charts Company says: “What fantastic news it is that Jack is to become the latest host of Radio 1’s Official Chart Show.

“Jack is a perfect choice as the new host of radio’s most vibrant chart show – he is a rising star of British radio, whose progress at Radio 1 has been meteoric, and who also proved to be among the stars of the BBC’s Glastonbury TV coverage this year.

“While Scott will be an incredibly hard act to follow, Jack has talent to burn and is sure to bring a fresh and exciting new approach to The Official Chart Show, as the Official Singles Chart gears up to celebrate its 70th anniversary later this year.”

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