The world of radio and television has suffered another huge loss, with the death of legendary broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan, aged 77. Wogan will forever be remembered as one of Britain’s finest presenters, having hosted BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show, Wake Up To Wogan, for 16 years, as well as numerous TV shows.
Terry began his journey to stardom at Raidió Teilifís Éireann, an Irish public service station. He then switched his focus from news to entertainment, and trained as a disc jockey, whilst hosting a number of light entertainment programmes. In 1966, Terry made his BBC debut and would remain with the company until his passing, making him one of BBC’s longest running personalities. As well as becoming one of Europe’s most famous radio presenters, Terry broke into the world of television and would go on to host such favourites as Blankety Blank.
Charity was also a huge part of Terry’s life. In 1980, he hosted the inaugural Children In Need event, an event which he would host every year until 2015. Hillz FM receives funding fro Children In Need as part of our work with young people interested in radio, so Terry also had an influence on the future of our station. Another programme which Wogan played a part in for many years was the Eurovision Song Content. From 1980 until 2008, Terry hosted BBC’s coverage of the yearly event, and added his own quirky sense of humour to the show, which proved popular, but sometimes controversial with his adoring audience.
It is only fitting that a national treasure such as Wogan be rewarded for his services to our media industry, and he was awarded a knighthood in October 2005. He may have toned down his work in recent years, but Terry was never far away from the spotlight. He truly was an icon of British TV and Radio, and an inspiration to many aspiring broadcasters across the world.
Sir Terry Wogan passed away on Sunday 31st January 2016 aged 77 after a short battle with Cancer. Sir Terry leaves wife Helen and their three children, who were by his bedside until the end. Following his death, tributes have flooded i from friends, colleagues and the wider public who were touched by Wogan’s unique presenting style and sense of humour. Terry’s Eurovision successor, Graham Norton, said “He made it seem effortless”, while fellow Radio DJ Tony Blackburn called his colleague “A real radio legend.”
Rest in peace Sir Terry, and thank you for the memories