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Moyles' radio record raises £2.4m

Chris Moyles has set a new world record by staying on air for more than 50 hours and raised more than £2 million for Comic Relief in the process.

The DJ started his broadcast on Radio 1 with sidekick "Comedy" Dave Vitty on Wednesday morning and finally came off air at 10.30am on Friday.

He signed off after 52 hours by thanking listeners for their "amazing generosity" and said he was "going to sleep for two whole weeks".

The total money raised reached £2.4 million at 10.10am after Fearne Cotton told listeners she would present some of her show in a swimming costume if fundraising hit the £2 million mark.

The station's website later crashed, with Moyles blaming people logging on to see Cotton.

He thanked listeners for donating money, including "that last rush of dirty old men" who pledged cash after Cotton's promise. He said: "The end result of this silly, silly show was Fearne Cotton in a swimsuit. Oh and Comic Relief got some money."

The pair, who will now have two weeks off to recover, set the record for Radio DJ Endurance Marathon (Team) at 8.30am when they had been on air for 50 hours and then carried on for another two hours.

A weary Moyles told listeners: "We're going to carry on for another two hours. Why? I have no idea."

They set a new Radio 1 record on Thursday at 7.31pm, breaking the station's previous record set by Simon Mayo in 1999.

Guests who joined them on the way to setting the record included Katy Perry, Davina McCall, Jimmy Carr, Lily Allen, Chipmunk, Olly Murs, Katy B and Jack Whitehall.

From Belfast Telegraph