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Dermot O'Leary and Fearne Cotton tipped for new version of Top of the Pops

Published 20/04/2015 | 10:31

Dermot O'Leary
Dermot O'Leary

Just weeks following the announcement he was leaving The X Factor, Dermot O'Leary is being tipped for a top presenting gig on an updated version of Top of the Pops.

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The 41-year-old presenter may move from ITV to rival BBC to front the new music chart show with fellow big-name presenter Fearne Cotton (33).

The Mirror reports that BBC executives have given the show the "go-ahead".

O'Leary presents a daytime show on Radio 2 while Cotton left her show on Radio 1 after 10 years in February and  is expecting her second child with husband Jesse Wood in September.

The show comes on the back of the move of the official Top 40 UK charts from Sundays to Fridays and the increase in music downloads and streaming.

Top of the Pops broadcast on BBC 1 on Thursdays until 2006 when it was axed after 38 years as single sales plummeted.

However, a BBC spokesperson told The Independent, "there are no current plans to bring back Top of the Pops, however Radio 1 will continue to be the home of the Official Chart, with a new CBBC Chart programme starting in May".

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