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Ö3 Austria Top 40 is the official Austrian singles chart, as well as the radio show which presents it, aired Fridays on Hitradio Ö3. The show presents the Austrian singles, ringtones and downloads chart. It premiered on 26 November 1968 as Disc Parade and was presented by Ernst Grissemann. The show has had other names and other presenters, as detailed below.
Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a country in Central Europe comprising 9 federated states. Its capital, largest city and one of nine states is Vienna. Austria has an area of 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi), a population of nearly 9 million people and a nominal GDP of $477 billion. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The terrain is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 m (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 m (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other regional languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.
Hitradio Ö3 is one of the nationwide radio stations of Austria's public broadcaster ORF. The format focuses on contemporary hit radio, specialising pop music and chart hits from the 1980s to the present. Ö3 has the biggest audience share by far of all Austrian radio stations.
The weekly number-ones are released by Musikmarkt and go TV.
Musikmarkt was a magazine of the music industry in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which is based in Munich. Die Welt, a German newspaper, described the magazine as the music industry’s thermometer.
go tv is a 24-hour music and animation channel based in Vienna, Austria. The channel launched on October 1, 2002. The channel targets audiences in Austria, but is also widely available throughout Europe.
Presently four charts are published:
Note that online versions of the chart at charts.orf.at and austriancharts.at still list 75 top positions and are known by various outlets and presentations as Ö3 Austria Top 75, but charts.orf.at still labels itself as "Ö3 Austria Top 40" and broadcast versions only quote the top 40 with the rest of the positions 41 to 75 considered as "bubbling under".
Between 1968 and 2007, the names of the show were Disc Parade, Die Großen 10 von Ö3, Pop Shop, Hit wähl mit, Die Großen 10, Ö3 Top-30 and Ö3 Austria Top 40.
|Disc Parade||Ernst Grissemann, Rudi Klausnitzer|
|Die Großen 10 von Ö3||Rudi Klausnitzer, Hans Leitinger|
|Pop Shop||Hans Leitinger|
|Hit wähl mit||Hans Leitinger, Udo Huber|
|Die Großen 10||Udo Huber|
|Ö3 Top-30||Udo Huber|
|Ö3 Austria Top 40||Udo Huber (no longer), Martina Kaiser (no longer), Matthias Euler-Rolle (no longer), Gustav Götz (no longer), Benny Hörtnagl (no longer), Elke Rock, Tarek Adamski|
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