Music stars no longer famous faces now YouTube has taken place of Top of the Pops, says Trevor Nelson


In the end, video didn’t kill the radio star – but YouTube might be killing the pop star.

The demise of Top of the Pops a decade ago, a show seen by millions in the days when families watched television together, means that chart acts are no longer famous faces, according to a veteran BBC DJ.

Trevor Nelson, the former Radio 1 and now Radio 2 presenter, said many of us would struggle to pick chart-topping singers out of a line-up because they are no longer beamed into our living rooms each week.

As an example he cited Jess Glynne, who last year entered the record books by scoring more number one hits than any other British female artist in history, including Rather Be, Hold My Hand and Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself.

“I don’t think the BBC could keep Top of the Pops on these days – you can’t fight YouTube – but there are moments of that show that everyone remembers – Bowie, Neneh Cherry, Kate Bush,” he told Radio Times.

“I was at a Quincy Jones concert and he had lots of guest singers… and up popped Jess Glynne. A few people didn’t know who she was; they knew her songs but didn’t know the singer.

“Generations past, it wasn’t just young kids who knew who pop stars were, everyone did because they had seen them on telly. It’s a shame.”


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