Sir Terry Wogan, Longtime BBC Radio 2 Morning Host, Dies
February 1, 2016 at 4:05 AM (PT)
Sir TERRY WOGAN, one of BRITAIN's most well-known and successful radio and TV personalities, died SUNDAY (1/31) after a short battle with cancer at his home, his family announced in a statement that added that he passed away surrounded by family. He was 77.
WOGAN was best known as the host of "WAKE UP WITH WOGAN," his morning show for BBC RADIO 2, which reached the largest audience in EUROPE until his 2009 retirement. He started on IRELAND's RTÉ radio and TV, moving to the BBC in 1966 as a host on the LIGHT PROGRAMME, then, when the network reorganized into four channels in 1967, hosted on BBC RADIO 1 through 1972, when he took over the breakfast slot on BBC RADIO 2, adding a talk show on RADIO 4 in 1974-75.
He left RADIO 2 in 1984 for TV work, then returned to RADIO 2 in 1993. After retiring from the morning show in 2009, he hosted a weekend show, "WEEKEND WOGAN," from 2010 through last NOVEMBER, when he left due to his illness.
His television work included his hosting the telethon for the BBC's "Children in Need" fundraising drive from 1980 through 2014, and the EUROVISION song contest for several years, first on radio and then on television. He hosted his own talk shows on ITV and BBC1, the latter for which he hosted "WOGAN" in 1982-92 and then, briefly, "TERRY WOGAN'S FRIDAY NIGHT." Later series included "WOGAN THEN AND NOW" and "WOGAN: THE BEST OF." He also wrote a column for the DAILY TELEGRAPH through JUNE 2014.