Tributes paid to Sir Terry Wogan

Sir Terry Wogan recording a track for Children in Need at Abbey Road studios in London, as the veteran broadcaster has died aged 77 following a short illness./Picture by: Katie Collins/PA Wire/Press Association Images.
Sir Terry Wogan recording a track for Children in Need at Abbey Road studios in London/Picture by: Katie Collins/PA Wire/Press Association Images.

It has been announced that Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77.

His family announced his death as a result of “a short but brave battle with cancer.”

The broadcaster “passed away surrounded by his family.”

Sir Terry had a media career spanning 50 years, with Eurovision, Blankety Blank and Children in Need being some of his most notable TV shows.

The Limerick-born star also made his mark on the radio with Wake Up with Wogan on BBC Radio 2 and the Wogan chat show.

Celebrities and colleagues have paid tribute to Sir Terry on Twitter .

Jeremy Vine, a colleague on BBC Radio 2 spoke highly of the broadcaster on Twitter.

Graham Norton, who took over Eurovision commentary from Sir Terry and his friend and fellow radio presenter Tony Blackburn also paid their respects.

Chris Evans filled Sir Terry’s spot on BBC Radio 2, following the broadcaster’s departure in 2009.

Sir Terry issued his final goodbye to radio at the end of his last radio broadcast.

He built up a firm fan base, dubbing his audience the TOGs, or Terry’s Old Geezers and Gals.

Alice Winney, a Breakfast Show presenter at Spark Sunderland, grew up listening to the late star.

“I grew up listening to Sir Terry, I would listen to Wake Up with Wogan and I was once on the show. I used to think it was so cool to do radio at the BBC,” she said.

Sir Terry made his BBC debut on the Light Programme, now Radio 2. He took over the breakfast show on Radio 2, in 1972.

A year after, Sir Terry was making his debut on TV when he covered Eurovision in 1973. He provided the commentary every year for the show on BBC, from 1980 to 2008.

His chat show, Wogan, ran from 1982 to 1992, eventually being broadcast three times a week.

During that time, he also hosted quiz show Blankety Blank.

Sir Terry is also famously known for the Children in Need appeal. He presented the show from its first broadcast in 1980 and continued to host it after retiring from regular broadcasting.

His return to the Radio 2 breakfast show in 1992 surprised many, after he took a break spanning nine years.

But he announced his retirement in September 2009.

From February 2010, he hosted a live show on Sunday mornings for BBC Radio 2 but he was last on air on Radio 2 on November 8, 2015.

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