The world of entertainment is once again in mourning after learning of the death of veteran TV and radio broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan aged 77.
His family released a statement saying: “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.”
Terry began his lifelong career in entertainment when, in his twenties, he joined RTE – the national broadcaster of Ireland – as a newsreader and announcer, after seeing a newspaper advertisement inviting applicants.
He spent his first two years working on news and documentaries but then moved across to light entertainment doing a stint as a radio DJ before being chosen to host Jackpot, a quiz show that proved immensely popular on RTE during the 1960s.
However, the show was dropped in 1967 and Terry approached the BBC to see if they would give him some work – and the rest, as they say, is history.
Before he retired from his BBC Radio 2 weekday breakfast programme Wake Up to Wogan in 2009, it had eight million regular listeners, making him the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.
In addition to his radio show, he was known in the United Kingdom for his work for television, including the BBC One chat show Wogan, presenting Children in Need, the game show Blankety Blank and Come Dancing and as the BBC’s commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest from 1971 to 2008.
Champions Music & Entertainment would like to express condolences to the family, friends and listeners of Wogan for their loss.