Without the BBC, Comic Relief would simply not have achieved half of what it has.
Since 1985, with the broadcast of Comic Relief’s first ever live transmission from a refugee camp in Sudan, the BBC has stood shoulder to shoulder with us. Then in 1988, the very first Red Nose Day brought in an audience for the BBC across the night of more than 30 million people, capturing the imagination and shamelessly finding the funny bone of the nation.
What makes the relationship between the BBC and Comic Relief so strong is our shared goal to create positive change through the power of entertainment.
And both of us get a lot out of working together.
Through the BBC, Comic Relief has a platform to reach the heart of the nation. Whether it's developing a huge online presence, producing and transmitting major TV shows on BBC One, or airing inspiring national and local TV and radio content in every nook and cranny of the UK, the extremely high quality of Comic Relief content produced across all BBC platforms has been, and continues to be, integral to the success of the charity as a whole.
At the same time, the BBC relishes its association with a charity that has become a cherished and respected institution, especially as this partnership helps the BBC to fulfil its mission to inform, educate and entertain. What's more, Comic Relief also gives the BBC some of its best viewing figures each year, not to mention some truly iconic, memorable programming.
From across the corporation, there's been an endless stream of collaborative skill, hard work and dedication which has helped to raise hundreds of millions of pounds for Comic Relief over the years.
“The BBC have shared a wonderful partnership with Comic Relief over the past 25 years and we are proud to work with an organisation which has given help and support to so many vulnerable and poor people both here in the UK and across the world.
It is the perfect example of a huge national community event combining fun, engagement, entertainment and social good in equal measure. It's also a great night on BBC One, with Britain's best talent absolutely committed to raising money for such a good cause.”
Jana Bennett, Director