BT Press Releases

DC12-072                                                                         March 7, 2012

David Walliams becomes the new voice of BT’s speaking clock to help raise money for Sport Relief

Following on from his extraordinary 140-mile swim of the Thames, David Walliams is helping BT to raise £1 million for Sport Relief 2012 by joining a host of other stars to give you the time of day as the new voice of the BT Speaking Clock.

For five weeks only, one of the nation’s most recognised comic voices will join Chris Moyles, Kimberley Walsh, Gary Barlow and Fearne Cotton as the voice of the BT Speaking Clock. Between Wednesday March 7 and Monday April 9, BT will donate 10p for every call made to the BT Speaking Clock from a BT landline*, as part of its pledge to raise a whopping £1million for Sport Relief 2012.

To celebrate the new star voice, BT is running a competition on its Facebook page giving fans a chance to win a limited edition David Walliams wall clock. All you have to do is dial 123 from a BT landline between Wednesday March 7 and Monday April 9 for the BT Speaking Clock, raising vital funds for Sport Relief at the same time and guess the mystery celebrity voice telling the time that day. If you are right your name will automatically be placed in a daily prize draw to win.

David Walliams, said: “I was relieved to hear that BT only wanted my voice this time around and not for me to take on another gruelling challenge. I am thrilled to be the newest voice of the BT Speaking Clock, because it gives me another opportunity to help BT raise £1 million for Sport Relief, a worthy cause close to my heart. For the duration of the competition, every time you call to hear my dulcet tones from a BT landline, BT will donate 10p to Sport Relief 2012 – it’s as easy as 123.”

The BT Speaking clock has been providing the exact time since July 24, 1936 and is accurate to five thousandths of a second. The regular voice of the speaking clock is Sara Mendes da Costa, who became the fourth permanent voice of the BT Speaking Clock after winning a nationwide competition in 2007.

To call the BT Speaking Clock and hear David Walliams and all the other stars whilst raising money for Sport Relief at the same time, just dial 123 from any BT landline phone from today until April 9.

Visit facebook.com/BTUK to find out more.

* If you call the BT speaking clock from a BT fixed line in the UK between March 7 and April 9, 2012 you will be helping BT to raise funds to support Comic Relief. BT will donate 10p to Comic Relief for every call made from a BT fixed line in the UK to the BT Speaking Clock during this period. Calls cost 33p from BT Residential lines. Mobile and other providers’ costs may vary and not all providers use the BT Speaking Clock. In support of Sport Relief, an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

Notes to Editors

BT and Sport / Comic Relief

BT has supported Comic Relief since 1985 providing telephony, call centres, network management, online support and thousands of volunteer hours, enabling the charity to take millions of pounds in pledges during the Red Nose Day and Sport Relief telethons. Hundreds of thousands of people call the BT-enabled donation line on 0345 7 910 910 on the night. Additionally, BT’s eDonate system provides a secure online back-up for Comic Relief’s website.

About Sport Relief

As the nation celebrates the biggest ever year of sport, the entire country can join in the fun with Sport Relief 2012 from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March.

Over one million people are expected to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile as they raise cash to change lives at home and across the world’s poorest countries. And, with a whole weekend of top Sport Relief telly planned across the BBC, it’s all set to be huge.

From David Walliams’ cross-Channel swim to Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons in 51 days, Sport Relief has a unique history of brave celebrities taking on gruelling physical challenges to raise cash and change lives. Sport Relief 2012 will be no exception with even more daring, vast and awe-inspiring celebrity challenges on their way.

Visit www.sportrelief.com to keep up with the latest news.

Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).