It would be impossible to grow up in 70s and 80s Britain and not know the BBC broadcaster that was Sir Terry Wogan. The presenter and interviewer who held court for 50 years on British radio and television has died today following a brief illness with cancer.
According to the BBC, his family has released this statement: “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.”
The Irishman with the warm brogue had a 50-year career on television and radio, including presenting Wake up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2 and the Wogan Chat Show. He had a way of making the listeners feel like old friends, and everyone warmed to him – stars and everyday people alike.
The tributes pour in for Terry Wogan:
Since the news dropped less than an hour ago, the great and the good of the British media world have poured in their words of loss and condolences for the wonderful man:
BBC Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: “As the host of Wake up to Wogan, Terry established himself as one of the greatest and most popular radio hosts this country has ever heard.
“We were brightened by his wonderful personality and charm as he woke us up every weekday morning…we will miss him enormously and our thoughts at this very sad time are with Helen [his wife] and all the family.”
Lord Hall said: “Terry truly was a national treasure. Today we’ve lost a wonderful friend”
Rest in peace, dear Terry. You warmed our lives.
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