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The BBC Will Host 'The Big Night In,' a Coronavirus Telethon

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By Joe Allen

The BBC has announced plans to host a telethon event on April 23, Deadline reports. The event, which is intended to benefit those in need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, will combine Comic Relief and Children In Need, the two charity partners of the BBC.

The event, which will be called "The Big Night In," will go live for three hours on BBC One. In addition to raising money, the event is also apparently designed to cheer up the nation as it faces the pandemic.

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It will do that by telling stories of kindness, humor, and hope that come from those facing the pandemic. As it progresses, the show will also invite donations that will go towards those who have been impacted by the crisis. Comic Relief and Children in Need plan to funnel the money to local charities fighting the virus and its impacts.

The event is supposed to be filled with famous faces, but the network has yet to announce who exactly will appear during the broadcast.

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The network added that, although the event would be broadcast live, the network would be sure to respect “all current social isolating government protocols.”

In a statement from the BBC's director of content Charlotte Moore, Moore said that the goal of the telethon was to bring people together. "BBC One will bring the nation together for this special one-off live charity event," Moore said in her statement. She also offered thanks to her charity partners for coming together to host the event.

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"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," Moore said.

The announcement of the telethon comes after a similar announcement was made in the U.S. The U.S. concert will take place on April 18.

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That concert, titled "One World: Together At Home," will feature a number of musical acts including Lady Gaga, John Legend and Billie Eilish, and is set to be hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel.

The U.S. version of the show is being put on by the social action group Global Citizen in cooperation with the World Health Organization. In addition to airing on a number of networks across the globe, the event will also be available to stream on social media platforms and YouTube,

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