Celebrity friends and fans have been paying tribute to Sir Terry Wogan.
The BBC confirmed today (31 January) that the veteran broadcaster died this morning, aged 77. In a short statement, the corporation said Sir Terry died surrounded by his family after a “short but brave” battle with cancer.
Tony Hall, the beeb’s Director General hailed Terry a “national treasure” , praising his work at the BBC over 50 years and noting that he leaves behind a “remarkable legacy.” Sir Terry hosted popular Radio 2 breakfast show for many years, attracting upwards of 8 million listeners and a legion of fans.
Terry departed the breakfast airwaves in 2009. His successor, Chris Evans, was one of the first people to take to Twitter to pay his tribute. Chris posted: “We are all so terribly sad upon hearing of the passing of Terry. I can’t put into words how the whole Radio 2 family is feeling.” In a separate tweet he went on to say that “Terry was Radio 2.”
Prime Minister David Cameron also posted his own tribute saying that he grew up listening to Terry on the radio and watching him on the television. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny tweeted that he was sad to learn of the death of Terry and that he was loved in Ireland as well as those in Britain.
For many years, Sir Terry Wogan co-hosted BBC’s Children In Need telethon with Gaby Roslin. They also briefly presented a daytime chat show on Channel 5. Gaby tweeted: “No no no! In total shock. Goodbye my cheeky chum. Forever in our hearts. #RIPTerryWogan.”
Despite departing from presenting Wake Up To Wogan in 2009, Sir Terry continued to appear on BBC Radio 2, last presenting on Sunday 8th November last year. This was days before Children In Need which he pulled out of due to health reasons.
“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, 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 and our thoughts at this very sad time are with Helen and all the family.” – Bob Shennan, BBC Radio 2 Controller
Radio 2 were quick to pay respect to Sir Terry by cancelling the usual Sunday Love Songs at 9am and asking for listeners to share memories of one of the most iconic radio presenters in the UK and Ireland.
The BBC has confirmed that Monday’s edition of The One Show, airing at 7.00pm on BBC One, will pay tribute to Sir Terry Wogan.