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World record for Radio 1’s Annie

Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale's been presented with a Guinness World Record for being the longest-serving female radio presenter.

It's in recognition of her 40 years at the BBC station.

Annie became the first female DJ on Radio 1 in 1970 and since then has been at the forefront of new and groundbreaking music in the UK, appealing to new audiences throughout the years. She's also the only woman to be inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame and was awarded the MBE in 2002 for her services to broadcasting.

Annie says: "When I took the wrong record off and caused eight seconds of dead air on my very first Radio 1 show, I thought that was the beginning and end of me. Since then I think it's been a case of keep cool and carry on."

Liam Gallagher presented Annie with the award at Radio 1 this morning (Tuesday). "Annie is a true icon of British Radio," he said. "She's been on Radio 1 since before I was born. Good on her for getting this record. I hope she's still here in another 40 years!"

Andy Parfitt, Controller, BBC Radio 1, told us: "Annie is so important to Radio 1. Over the last 40 years she's connected effortlessly with generations of listeners and sustained amazing energy championing new music every week. This well deserved award underlines her importance as one of the UK's leading broadcasters."

The award follows hot on the heels of Annie's Radio 1 Maida Vale tribute concert 'A Night with Annie Nightingale' which featured performances from amongst others Paul Weller, Primal Scream, Professor Green and Fatboy Slim.

Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records, added: "Not only was Annie the first female DJ on BBC Radio 1, but her outstanding contribution to music over the years – and her continued relevance to listeners today – means that she is now also the longest-serving female presenter at the BBC, and indeed the world. From the Rolling Stones to Tinie Tempah, Annie has provided the soundtrack to so many of our lives, and looks set to do so for many more years to come."

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