Annie Nightingale presented with Guinness record award

By | Published on Wednesday 22 September 2010

Someone you could never accuse of presenting a radio show sober (only joking) is Annie Nightingale, who was yesterday presented with a Guinness World Record certificate for being the longest-serving female radio presenter in the world. The world record badge is in recognition of Nightingale’s forty years presenting on Radio 1, a landmark that has, as previously reported, already been celebrated through a number of special shows on the nation’s favourite.

Commenting on the world record presentation, Radio 1’s big bad boss Andy Parfitt told CMU: “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”.

Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief at 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”.

When Team CMU are brought in to sort out Radio 1 Matthew Bannister style – and let’s face it, a major cull is overdue – we’ve decided both the Annies can stay. But most of the rest of the station’s presenters are for the chop, I’m afraid. Apart from Matt Edmondson. He can have breakfast.