By Ben Cardew
Kiss FM is to launch what it claims is the UK’s first country-wide dance, hip hop and R&B chart, as it marks its transition to a national station.
KISS’s UKHot40 Big Beats chart will go out every Sunday from 5pm to 7pm on Kiss Radio and every Thursday on Kiss TV at 10am, counting down the 40 biggest selling dance, hip hop and R&B tracks in the UK. It debuts this Sunday.
On radio, the chart will be presented by “the artists whose tunes feature” in the rundown while on TV, Kiss Radio breakfast hosts and MTV presenting duo Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin O’Doom will front the programme.
Simon Sadler, director of music and commissioning at Box TV, the joint venture company between Bauer Media and Channel 4 which operates Kiss TV, said the company was “hugely excited” about the new chart, calling it “another great example of a highly productive cross-platform partnership for Box TV”.
“Rickie and Melvin have been well-known, and well-liked, personalities to the audience of Kiss Radio for a while now and we know that they will bring that popularity, energy and music knowledge to Kiss TV,” Sadler added.
The move comes as Kiss Radio marks its transition into a national radio station.
Media regulator Ofcom gave permission last December for Kiss merge is three existing stations in London, the Severn Estuary and East Anglia into a single digital station broadcasting across the UK.
The move, which sees Kiss dropping local programming and news bulletins, follows the example of Global Radio’s Heart and Capital stations and GMG’s Smooth Radio in transforming a number of local stations into one national operator.
Kiss said the move means the station now reaches more than 3.9m listeners across the UK. Kiss TV, meanwhile, has around 0.8m viewers a week.