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Hit40UK was a networked Top 40 chart show broadcasting on around 130 UKmarker commercial radio stations every Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. It was produced in house by Global Radio (formerly GCap Media) and Somethin' Else. The show was cancelled on 7th June 2009 and the last ever number 1 single was Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas, played at 6:52pm.

Although the radio version of the chart has ended, it continues to be compiled, and a TV version is shown on The Box, Smash Hits and 4Music.


The radio show counted down the top 40 songs in the chart. Unlike the official UK Singles Chart broadcast at the same time by BBC Radio 1, the Hit40UK chart included only the digital downloads and airplay in the UKmarker, whereas the official chart includes physical and download sales with no radio airplay. The show has enjoyed higher audience figures than Radio 1's Official Chart Show since 1993, except for a brief period of 2006, when a weak commercial radio sector caused Hit40UKs share to fall below that of its rival. This chart is most comparable to the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Chart history

Hit40UK descended from The Network Chart Show, which was hosted by David Jensen on the commercial radio network from September 30, 1984 to July 25, 1993, sponsored from 1985 onwards by Nescafe. On August 1, 1993, Pepsi began their sponsorship of the show and Neil Fox became its host; it was known as the Pepsi Network Chart before becoming the Pepsi Chart around 1996. Pepsi ended their sponsorship of the show on December 29, 2002, and the ‘’Hit40UK’’ name was adopted on January 5, 2003, but Fox remained the host until May 30, 2004. On June 6, 2004 Simon Hirst and Katy Hill became co-hosts of Hit40UK, but Hirst later hosted the show on his own.

In March 2006, Hit40UK began broadcasting worldwide on the U-Pop satellite channel. The international version of the show is hosted by Mark Daley. It can be heard on XM Satellite Radio across the US and around the planet on WorldSpace Satellite Radio.

On October 12, 2006, it was announced that the programme was to be relaunched on October 22, with a new presenter, 95.8 Capital FM's Lucio Buffone. A new logo was also introduced to replace their old look. Emap dropped their Smash-Hits! Chart to broadcast the relaunched version of the Hit40UK show across their Big City Network of stations. In the same week, a dance and urban chart, the Fresh 40, hosted by Dynamite MC, was introduced to commercial radio's dance and urban stations, such as those in the Galaxy Network and the Kiss Network.

In April 2009, Lucio's contract with Hit40UK ended, therefore a new presenter, Rich Clarke, became the presenter of the network chart show, introducing a new image to the chart. The top 40 format also changed ; instead of charting the most popular tunes from radio airplay, downloads and single sales, the chart consisted of downloads alone. However, after a couple of weeks into the revamped show, Hit 40 UK ceased broadcasting and the last show was completed on June 7th 2009, resulting in a new chart show to be broadcast on 14th June 2009.

The chart that descends from Hit40UK is known as The Big Top 40 Show, with presenters Rich Clarke and Kat Shoob. It launched on Sunday June 14th and is the first ever real-time chart to be broadcast in the United Kingdommarker.

Cover presenter, Matt Wilkinson, from Global Radio’s Heart Network presented the last Hit40UK show, although Rich Clarke presented a London-centric version on 95.8 Capital FM live from their Summertime Ball.

Sister chart shows


  1. Hit40UK to Digital, Hit40UK On Guardian, 7 January 2009

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