Broadcast partner

With the BBC’s help, Comic Relief has achieved more than we could have ever thought possible.

Since the launch of Comic Relief on the BBC on Christmas Day 1985, the broadcaster has been our closest friend and ally.

Our Red Nose Day and Sport Relief campaigns have been broadcast to millions across the BBC’s TV, radio and digital channels since 1988 – giving us a wonderful opportunity to entertain and engage the public.


The support of the BBC means the world to us. And the hard work, creativity and dedication of its staff has helped us to raise millions of pounds and changed countless lives around the world and across the UK.

Lenny Henry and Russell Brand on-stage during Red Nose Day

What makes the relationship between the BBC and Comic Relief so special is our shared belief in using the power of entertainment to improve people’s lives. That’s why the relationship has been, and will continue to be, so important to us both.

As a public service broadcaster, the BBC is independent from Comic Relief and has editorial control of all content on BBC channels and platforms.

It is truly a unique and powerful partnership.

Did you know…

More than 30 million people tuned in for the very first Red Nose Day back in 1988.