BBC to host TV fundraiser to support those battling with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak

PUBLISHED: 11:05 07 April 2020 | UPDATED: 12:09 07 April 2020

BBC headquarters, BBC Broadcasting House. (Photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)

BBC headquarters, BBC Broadcasting House. (Photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)

Mike Kemp

BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief will come together for the first time in a special televised event, The Big Night In, to raise money for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Big Night In will raise money for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: BBC Children In Need/Comic Relief/BBC/PA Wire.The Big Night In will raise money for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: BBC Children In Need/Comic Relief/BBC/PA Wire.

The programme will air on April 23rd with funds split equally between the two charities to “provide essential support to local charities, projects and programs across the UK to help those most in need”.

The evening will include prize giveaways, live music performances from artists at home, and a series of celebrity appearances.

The BBC said it will also “offer some light relief and entertainment, whilst celebrating and rewarding those going the extra mile to support their communities in these troubled times,”

Charlotte Moore, director BBC Content, said: “BBC One will bring the nation together for this special one-off live charity event.

“I would like to thank both BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief for joining forces in these unprecedented times to provide their support to local charities, projects and programmes across the whole UK; and to all of the stars taking part in this unmissable night of entertainment when the country needs it most.”

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: “The Big Night In is a fantastic way to channel the amazing outpouring of generosity we are seeing from the British people.

“It’s brilliant to see BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief coming together for the first time to ensure help gets to those that need it most, and to celebrate those who are going above and beyond in their communities.

“We’re working with the BBC and others to ensure this event is a huge success.


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“As government develops further measures, we will work together to co-ordinate our efforts in the battle against coronavirus and remind everyone to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children In Need, said: “These are challenging times for all of us, and the pandemic will have a significant impact on the most vulnerable people in our society.

“The Big Night In will offer the chance for everyone to (virtually) get together to celebrate the kindness and heroism of those making a real difference in their communities, and to support people across the UK who need our help now more than ever.”

Comic Relief’s chief executive Ruth Davison said: “Throughout this extraordinary time the kindness and community spirit of people across the country has been outstanding.

“The Big Night In is the perfect opportunity to praise the heroes who are caring for us, feeding us, and lifting our spirits as we continue to help people most in need.”

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