Martin Talbot - Managing Director, The Official Charts Company

Martin is the Managing Director of The Official Charts Company, providers of the most accurate intelligence data on the British video and music industries – and the most sophisticated chart system anywhere in the world.  He joined the OCC in October 2007, following several years as Editor of Music Week, a trade paper for the UK music industry.

Martin started his career in local news, specifically at the Hackney Gazette, where he reported on crime, politics and entertainment.  His time at Music Week began in the early 1990s, interrupted by a spell as a staff writer at the NME.  Stints as News Editor, then Launch Editor of Fono (MW’s European sister publication) led to his promotion to Executive Editor in January 2002 — overseeing the editorial team behind the magazine-to-web business information service — before taking on the title of Editor in January 2005.

Since joining OCC, Talbot has overseen a rebrand of the company, the launch of subscriptions and streaming data for the industry and, this week, the launch of the Official Chart Update, a new weekly taster for the Official Singles & Albums Charts in partnership with BBC Radio 1.