According to Broadcast, Simon Amstell's replacement on Popworld will be Alex Zane. Good news, then, we won't have to keep getting up early on a Saturday.
Sorry to return to an old topic, but these really are odd times for music on terrestrial television. Not just because there are three weeks left of imperial phase Popworld, but TOTP Reloaded finished last weekend not with a bang but with its now usual belief that comedic sketches are more important to a music show than music, while its father programme has just been shunted to another day entirely by coverage of Crufts. This Saturday meanwhile sees the end of CD:UK, axed despite rising audience figures - Blaze are trying to sell it to Sky, we hear, with which we wish them good luck because they'll need it - and adding yet another to the list of TV Lauren Laverne vehicles that crash and burn on impact. It's not her fault, we're sure. More people seem to be going to the Album Chart Show than watching it, unsurprisingly at that time, and it doesn't help that presenter Joe Mace is also series producer of that new BBC Saturday morning programme. Jools is back in May, but that's not the same. Yet within the next three months you'll hear of at least two seperate attempts to put on a prime-time pop programme, one of which will pride itself on being based on Hit 40 UK's chart even though the former Network Chart has been mined several times to miniscule levels of success. Given how most of Saturday evening telly seems to work off music at a base level, why can't anyone make a consistent go of broadcasting it as a standalone option any more?