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.”
Top of the Pops ran from 1964 until 2006, by which point ratings had fallen from a high of 19 million to less than one million, as the internet made music videos instantly available.
The same decade saw the end of Saturday morning children’s shows, which had also featured live performances from chart acts.
Announcing the end of the show, the BBC said: “The decision to bring the show to an end after 42 years has not been taken lightly. However, the BBC’s Creative Future Music Strategy has concluded that in a rapidly changing musical landscape, Top of the Pops no longer occupies the central role it once did.
“Over recent years the show has faced ever increasing competition from multi-media and niche musical outlets which enable viewers to consume music of their choice any time night or day in a way that Top of the Pops simply cannot deliver.”
An Ofcom study this month found that YouTube is now third only to BBC One and ITV in the most-watched channels, and is the most popular among 18-34-year-olds
Over the years there have been suggestions of a Top of the Pops revival - in 2008, Simon Cowell reportedly expressed an interest in the format.
Two years ago, the BBC launched a show called Sound Like Friday Night, featuring live performance in front of a studio audience and made by James Corden’s production company. The audience hovered under two million.
Top of the Pops does live on in BBC Two’s TOTP2, which repeats episodes from the archives.
Nelson presented some of the last episode of Top of the Pops. He now hosts the 10pm slot on Radio 2 after many years on Radio 1. “It’s the show I’ve been waiting to do all my life. I do my own playlists and I’ve always said late nights suit me more than daytime, because you’re not trying to please everybody,” he said.
He does not mind that it is a programme that lulls people to sleep: “I’m aware people are switching off when I’m on, and I’m fine with that: it’s about getting lots of music away rather than the inane banter. I used to fall asleep to radio, which is the biggest compliment I could give.”