Tributes paid to legendary BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan
Tributes have been paid to legendary BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan following his death from cancer.
The death of the 77-year-old was announced by his family on the morning of Sunday January 31.
In a statement, they said: “Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer.
“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.”
BBC director general Tony Hall said: “Terry truly was a national treasure.”
Sir Terry leaves wife Lady Helen and their three children. The couple also had a daughter who died in infancy.
Sir Terry, who famously hosted a long-running BBC Radio 2 morning show loved by millions of listeners prior to his retirement, was also widely acknowledged as the definitive voice of the Eurovision Song Contest.
His sharp-witted, tongue-in-cheek commentary became as famed as the show itself among UK viewers.
The veteran Limerick-born broadcaster also presented a successful TV chat show and since his retirement from radio had fronted several documentaries for the BBC.
Only last year Sir Terry had visited Birmingham during the making of the Terry & Mason’s Great Food Trip series for BBC2 which saw the duo complete a gastronomic tour of Britain.
During the visit he met with prominent members of the city’s Irish community at the historic Old Crown pub in Digbeth, including The Harp’s owner Peter Mohan.
Episode 19 of the 20 part series saw Sir Terry and Mason McQueen visit Britain’s second city, where they took in the sights and sounds of the Indoor Market and feasted on dim sum in the Chinese Quarter before ending up at the Balti Triangle where they help create the world’s first Irish balti.
It was as the main presenter of the annual Children in Need campaign that Sir Terry will be remembered by many.
The shock news came just weeks after Sir Terry had called on the people of the Midlands to back the 2015 Children in Need appeal. Over the years many Midland charities have benefitted from its fundraising.
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins described Sir Terry as “one of the great figures of broadcasting”.
He said: “His was a distinguished contribution to television and in particular to the medium of radio.
“People in Ireland will remember his early career in Irish broadcasting. On his move to Britain his voice became one of the most often quoted, favourite radio voices.
“Always proud of his origins in Limerick, he made many returns to his native country for television and radio projects.
“His rise to the top of radio listenership in the United Kingdom was a great tribute to his breadth of knowledge and in particular his unique, very personal sense of humour.”