BBC Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore will be looking to set a new world record in aid of Children in Need this week as he attempts to beat the most number of live, face-to-face interviews on the radio in a twenty-four hour period.
EVENT UPDATE: Gilly broke the record with 293 interviews as announced at 3:15pm Thursday.
The current record is 254 interviews and set by an Italian radio station (Radio Asconi) in 2009, and Gilly will be aiming for a target of three hundred interviews.
The challenge starts today (Wednesday) at 3pm, and will run for 24 hours until 3pm on Thursday. To qualify for the World Record, five distinct questions must be asked and five distinct answers must be received, one-word answers don’t count, neither does ‘what’s your name?’ A person can only be counted once so if Gilly interviews the same person again, even about another subject entirely, they will not count as another interview.
Somewhere between 3pm and 4pm on Thursday, Anna Orford, an official adjudicator from Guinness will complete her verification and announce the result in a packed radio theatre, where Gilly will be hosting the last hour of his show.
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