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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave set a new World Record... and raise an enormous £2,406,648 million for Comic Relief!

Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave Vitty with Gary Barlow

This morning (Friday 18 March) at 8.30am, BBC Radio 1's longest serving breakfast DJ Chris Moyles and sidekick 'Comedy' Dave Vitty set a brand new Guinness World Record for broadcasting the longest music show by a radio team and, in doing so, raised a whopping £2,406,648 for Red Nose Day.

The pair stayed on air for 52 hours in total setting a brand new Guinness World Record for 'Radio DJ Endurance Marathon (Team)' after already breaking Simon Mayo's 12-year record for Radio 1's Longest Show of 37 hours which he set in 1999 for Comic Relief.

Chris and Dave's friends and family were there to support them through the final couple of hours of the show, which ended at 10.30am and Take That's Gary Barlow, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Chris in 2009 (also for Comic Relief), was there to present them with their Guinness World Record certificate.

Chris Moyles said: "We've been overwhelmed by the support we've received from our listeners. It's been a rollercoaster ride of fun, laughs, tears and downright silliness. Now I'm off for a massive sleep!"

Comedy Dave added: "We're both losing our voices and we've literally limped through the last few hours to the finish line but it's all been worth it when we saw that final figure! Our listeners are incredible."

Andy Parfitt, Controller, Radio 1 said: ''I'm deeply proud of what they have achieved on many fronts – the amazing total raised, brilliant, high quality radio broadcasting throughout and some of the funniest and most inventive TV I've seen.

"I've also been knocked out by everyone's support including the extraordinary generosity of Radio 1's audience; I want to thank them on behalf of Comic Relief and the BBC."

Amarilis Whitty, Guinness World Records Adjudicator, who inspected the Radio 1 studios over the last three days, said: "This was an extremely difficult world record to set but Chris and Dave have shown total dedication and compliance with our guidelines – congratulations to them both and the BBC Radio 1 team."

Over the 52-hour broadcast Chris and Dave were joined in the studio by a number of celebrity supporters including Katy Perry, The Wanted, James Corden, Lily Allen, Davina McCall, Chipmunk, Jimmy Carr, Paul O'Grady, Andi Peters, Claudia Winkleman, Simon Mayo, Patrick Kielty, Thandie Newton, Ricky Gervais and Olly Murs.

Throughout the record-breaking attempt the duo presented each show in the schedule with the regular DJ as a guest, including Fearne Cotton, Scott Mills, Greg James, Mistajam, Nick Grimshaw, Kissy Sell Out, Annie Nightingale, Dev, Jaymo & Andy George, Mistajam and Benji B.

The record attempt was broadcast live in-vision on digital TV via the Red Button and online at bbc.co.uk/radio 1.

Notes to Editors

In October 2009 Chris became the longest-serving breakfast DJ on BBC Radio 1.

About Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day 2011 takes place today, Friday 18 March. To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved. By raising cash this Red Nose Day, you're helping to change lives forever. That's because Comic Relief spends all the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around.

Comic Relief was launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One. At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done. That something was Comic Relief. The idea was simple – Comic Relief would make the public laugh while they raised money to help people in desperate need. Before too long, Red Nose Day was created and the first ever event in 1988 raised a staggering £15m. To date, 12 Red Nose Days have raised more than £500m. That money has helped, and is helping, to support people and communities in dire need both in the UK and Africa.

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

Other DJ World Records

Previous record includes:

  • Disc jockey: Simon Mayo of BBC Radio 1, broadcast his show for 37 hours from 9am, 11 March 1999 until 10pm, 12 March 1999 for Comic Relief.
  • Longest club DJ session relay: the most DJs to consecutively mix one record each is 82, organised by BBC Radio 1Xtra at Vibe Bar on Brick Lane, London, UK on 5 June 2010.
  • Longest marathon club DJ-ing: the longest club DJ marathon is 120 hours achieved by Cédric Barras (Switzerland) at the Le Globull club in Bulle, Switzerland, between 23 and 28 February 2009.
  • Longest Radio DJ Set Played While Suspended Upside Down: the longest radio DJ set played while upside down lasted for 15 min 26 sec and was performed by Stefano Venneri (Italy) in Alessandria, Italy on 18 April 2009.
  • Most radio DJs presenting one radio show simultaneously: the most radio DJs presenting one radio show simultaneously is 45 and was achieved by Isitgoonair in a show broadcast live on the web radio at ISIT School, Gorizia, Italy, on 27 February 2009.
  • Longest career as a radio presenter/DJ (female): Annie Nightingale MBE has been a regular radio presenter/disc jockey since January 1970. Broadcasting on various BBC radio shows, she still hosts a weekly, nationwide Friday morning show on BBC Radio 1, as of August, 2010.
  • Longest career as a radio presenter/DJ (male): Herbert "The Cool Gent" Rogers Kent (USA) has been a regular radio presenter/disc jockey since 1944. Broadcasting in various Chicago radio stations, he still hosts a weekend show on WVAZ Radio, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, as of 2009.

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