Syrian channel Talaqi TV staff work during an episode of "From Syria with Love" at their offices in Damascus, on November 20, 2014
Syrian channel Talaqi TV staff work during an episode of "From Syria with Love" at their offices in Damascus, on November 20, 2014 © - AFP/File
Syrian channel Talaqi TV staff work during an episode of
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Last updated: November 22, 2014

From Syria With Love: state TV claims world record

Banner Icon A youth channel owned by Syrian state television claims to have broken the record for the longest non-stop chat show ever broadcast, airing a programme that ran 70 hours.

Two hosts, Areej Zayat and Reine Neilah, broadcast the "From Syria With Love" show on the Talaqi channel from 9:00 pm local time (1900 GMT) on Tuesday to 7:00 pm on Friday.

The channel, based in central Damascus, said it hoped the performance would be recognised by Guinness as an official world record.

The current record stands at 62 hours held by a channel in Nepal.

The broadcast, posted on YouTube, features telephone call-ins, music and dancing.

"We wanted to send a message through this programme that this country, beset by all kinds of suffering, can send a message of love to the world and that life goes on for the Syrian people," channel director Maher al-Khaouli told AFP.

The channel is aimed at young people and was launched in October 2012, more than a year after the start of a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad that has morphed into a bloody civil war that has killed close to 200,000 people.

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