Sir Terry Wogan: Tributes paid to veteran broadcaster!
Tributes have poured in for veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan who has died aged 77, after a short illness.
BBC director general Tony Hall hailed him as “a broadcasting legend”.
Sir Terry hosted a long-running TV chat show, fronted the Eurovision Song Contest and was the face of Children in Need, while his Radio 2 breakfast show regularly had around 8m listeners.
Broadcaster Simon Mayo said: “There was no-one better at being a friend behind the microphone than Sir Terry”.
Sir Terry, who had not been seen in public since November when he pulled out of hosting the annual Children in Need telethon, died “after a short but brave battle with cancer”, his family said.
He leaves his wife Helen and their three children. The couple also had a daughter who died in infancy.
“He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time,” his family said, in a statement on Sunday.
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Born in Limerick in the Irish Republic, Sir Terry’s career spanned 50 years on both radio and TV, and even included a brief stint in the charts with his 1978 cover of The Floral Dance.
He also provided the UK commentary for the annual Eurovision Song Contest for some 28 years, with many viewing his acerbic comments on the show as the highlight of the event.
From 1972 to 1984 he presented the breakfast show on Radio 2 as The Terry Wogan Show, returning after a decade away in 1993 to front the re-branded Wake Up To Wogan.
The second incarnation of the show regularly drew more than 8m listeners – dubbed TOGs, or “Terry’s Old Geezers and Gals”.
Radio 2 controller, Bob Shennan, said he was “one of the greatest and most popular radio hosts this country has ever heard”.
He added: “We were brightened by his wonderful personality and charm as he woke us up every weekday morning, becoming an essential and much loved part of our lives.
“His millions of listeners adored him, as did his whole Radio 2 family. We will miss him enormously”
“Just the most warm-hearted, generous, funny, clever, life-affirming man,” tweeted Radio 2 colleague Dermot O’Leary. “Part of the foundations of BBC Radio 2 – so very sad.”
“He was probably the greatest broadcaster since the invention of the microphone,” said another Radio 2 colleague, Jeremy Vine.
“He lived for the red light and the sense that there was a listener at the end of the microphone. He only ever spoke to one person, because the greatest radio is intimate