'It's the sad end of an era': BBC axes its iconic Christmas Day show Top of the ... trends now
The BBC has reportedly 'axed' its iconic Christmas Day show, Top of the Pops.
A source told The Sun this week that the move was a cost-cutting measure despite it being the 'end of an era' for millions.
The weekly version of the show was first axed in 2006 but it continued for years as an annual show and has seen the likes of Robbie Williams and Spice Girls perform.
'It's the sad end of an era': The BBC has 'axed its iconic Christmas Day show Top of the Pops after 57 years on air' and star performances from Robbie Williams and the Spice Girls due to budget fears. Host Fearne Cotton is pictured on the show in 2007
'Beeb bosses felt the cost involved in creating a one-off show like this were too high to justify,' a source said.
'Creating the studio and bringing together a string of artists to perform for just this programme required a disproportionate amount of resources.'
'But it will be seen as the sad end of an era by millions of Brits who saw it as a Christmas Day must-watch along with the Queen's Speech.'
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