LiveReaction to death of Sir Terry Wogan

Summary

  1. Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan dies at the age of 77
  2. His family said he had been suffering from cancer
  3. Sir Terry died on Sunday morning, surrounded by his family
  4. BBC director general Tony Hall said Sir Terry "was a national treasure"
  5. Sir Terry was best known for the breakfast show on BBC Radio 2, and his 1980s chat show on BBC One

Live Reporting

By Emma Harrison, Rob Corp and Victoria Lindrea

Signing off

Tributes have poured in for Sir Terry Wogan today and we hope we have brought you as many of them as we could.

Our main story will continue to be updated.

But we will leave you with a reprise of the video of Sir Terry signing off from his Radio 2 breakfast show for the last time in 2009.

Wogan was 'a generous and warm-hearted man' - former BBC colleague

Listen: Wogan 'complete, ready-made radio broadcaster'

The World This Weekend

Radio 4 programme

Friends and colleagues Ken Bruce and Alan Dedicoat remembered Sir Terry Wogan. The broadcasters were in discussion with Mark Markell on BBC Radio 4's World This Weekend after they listened to clips of the Radio 2 presenter and TV personality.

'An extraordinary broadcaster' - BBC Trust chairman

Sir Terry Wogan was an extraordinary broadcaster treasured by audiences, who made an immense contribution in his long and dedicated career. He will be much missed by millions and all our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

Rona Fairhead BBC Trust chairman

Sir Terry Wogan: Your memories and pictures

Read about other people's memories here

Sir Terry 'simply the best'

In a statement, TV presenter Chris Tarrant called the news of Sir Terry's death "awful and unexpected"

"Even though we had competing breakfast shows for many years, he was always incredibly kind to me: but of course he was kind to everybody... unfailingly funny on and off the screen - just a lovely, warm, witty man. 

He had a unique radio presence that never came from a podium, rather a comfortable fireside armchair. He was the finest broadcaster of my lifetime. Simply the best. 

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The airwaves have lost a great gentleman."

Chris Tarrant

Sir Terry: 'loveliest of men'

Music stars have joined the many tributes to Sir Terry Wogan - who had his own (minor) chart hit with The Floral Dance in 1978 - among them Ireland's Ronan Keating and Andrea Corr.

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Floral tributes left at Sir Terry's home

Flowers have been left outside the home of Sir Terry Wogan in Buckinghamshire. One card said: "Terry! Rest in peace."

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Rantzen shares memories of working with Wogan

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Esther Rantzen, who worked with Sir Terry on Children in Need, said he was famous for not rehearsing performances. 

You enjoyed the wit when you were in his company. You enjoyed it whether you were a viewer or a listener. The only criticism I ever heard anyone make of Terry was that he just wouldn't rehearse.

Take one was, for him, the best and only take. But as take one was always brilliant, those who wanted take 104 were not really disappointed."

'None of us saw this coming'

Richard Madeley, who had been sitting in for Sir Terry on Radio 2, said "none of us saw this coming", adding that he had expected to see the veteran presenter back working early next month.

He joined the many voices paying tribute to Sir Terry.

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There was no disconnect between the Terry Wogan that we saw on the television or heard on the radio, and the real man, none at all.

He would just walk in, shoulder off his coat and start broadcasting without there being any kind of gap."

Richard Madeley

Wogan 'made radio in age of TV' - Father Brian D'Arcy

Sir Terry Wogan "was the one who made radio in an age of television", his close friend and fellow broadcaster Father Brian D'Arcy has said.

Fr D'Arcy said Sir Terry "perfected the art of radio from a very early age".

"He was the only man I ever met who could make a pause sound interesting," the County Fermanagh priest told BBC Radio Ulster's The Sunday News.

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Wogan 'helped raise millions' for Children in Need

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Stevie Spring, chairwoman of Children In Need, said Sir Terry had helped raise hundreds of millions of pounds for the charity. 

He was absolutely dedicated to making a difference to the lives of as many children as possible in the UK.

You would try and brief him before an event or before an appearance - slightly a waste of time, and actually much, much, much better for him to just say what was in his heart, and it was in his heart. It was one of the most important things in his life.

Cancer charity 'grateful' for Sir Terry's support

Lynda Thomas, Macmillan Cancer Support's chief executive, said the charity is mourning the loss of Sir Terry, who had supported its fundraising efforts. 

We are deeply saddened to hear the news that Sir Terry Wogan has passed away from cancer. At Macmillan we've been lucky enough to have benefited from Sir Terry's support for events such as World's Biggest Coffee Morning.

We are extremely grateful for everything he did to help us raise awareness and vital funds for people affected by cancer. We are sending our heartfelt condolences to Sir Terry's family at this difficult time.

BBC chief: Wogan was 'part of our family'

Sir Tony Hall, the BBC's Director-General, paid tribute to the broadcaster in an email to staff.

Today we lost a broadcasting legend, but also a dear friend. Terry Wogan was simply a wonderful man - courteous, courageous and delightfully mischievous. People watching and listening adored him. He's been part of our family for decades and we'll miss him greatly. Our hearts go out to his wife, Helen, and their children, Mark, Alan, and Katherine.

Tony Hall

In addition, The One Show have announced they will air a special tribute show to Sir Terry at 19:00 GMT on Monday.  

In pictures: Sir Terry Wogan

Sir Terry began his 50-year broadcasting career with Irish state broadcaster RTE before joining the BBC in 1966.

Here's a look back at his life in pictures

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Au revoir to Sir Terry

Eurovision producer Guy Freeman has shared his memories of Sir Terry Wogan:

My fondest memory of Sir Terry was sitting next to him in the commentary box in Dublin in 1997. Not only was he having a great and hospitable time in his home country, but was also enjoying the rare treat of a scoring sequence that culminated in a UK victory.

As soon as we came off air, with genuine modesty, he turned to me and asked me to please bear him in mind next year, if we were looking for a host. As if we would ever have asked anyone else!!

Limerick to open books of condolence

Sir Terry Wogan's home city of Limerick in Ireland is opening books of condolence.

He regularly returned to his home town, becoming a Freeman of the city in 2007. 

Separate books of condolences will be opened at council buildings in Dooradoyle and Merchants Quay on Monday, to allow the public express their loss of a "true son of Limerick". 

An online book of condolences also will be hosted on the city's official website. 

Sir Terry had 'remarkable personality'

The University of Leicester has paid tribute to Sir Terry, who was an honorary graduate, having received a Doctor of Laws degree in 2010. 

Sir Terry Wogan was a brilliant broadcaster who touched many people's lives over a long and distinguished career.

We are proud of his connection with the University of Leicester and to have counted him amongst our distinguished honorary graduates, and we were also delighted to be associated with some of his charitable work. We express our profound sorrow at the loss of such a remarkable personality.

Wogan 'irreplaceable' says Lorraine Chase

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Actress Lorraine Chase, who appeared with Sir Terry on Blankety Blank, has paid her own tribute to the late broadcaster. She is pictured with Sir Terry on the wedding day of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. 

I'm deeply saddened to hear of Terry's death today. He was an extraordinary man, very cheeky and always full of joy. I have very, very fond memories of our time together on Blankety Blank, always so generous and so kind. During that period I was pretty inexperienced and to be lucky enough to be under his wing was invaluable. He had no ego and therefore brought out the best in his guests - his intention of course. Terry was a one-off. Irreplaceable.

Listen: Sir Terry Wogan's radio highlights

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Radio 4's Broadcasting House looked back at some key audio moments in the radio career of Sir Terry Wogan.

Wogan 'was proud of his Irish roots' - Ireland's deputy PM

Ireland's Tanaiste (deputy prime minister) Joan Burton credited Sir Terry with being an inspiration to generations of Irish emigrants.

While he spent most of his life in Britain, he was always proud of his Irish roots.

He provided inspiration to generations of emigrants who, like himself, had moved from Ireland to make better lives for themselves at a time when it wasn't always easy to be Irish in the UK.

Terry Wogan made us all feel proud. He was more than just a broadcaster; he showed Ireland and the UK had more in common than divided us.

My sympathies go to his wife Helen and their family."

'For so many people it is like a death in the family'

Friend and fellow broadcaster Henry Kelly said he was shocked on learning of the death of Terry Wogan because the veteran broadcaster had "put it out that he had a bad back".

Mr Kelly's partner Karolyn Shindler broke the news to him as he returned home from Mass on Sunday morning.

I didn't know he was that seriously ill. I knew he'd been told not to do Children In Need because, as he quipped himself, they don't want an 'oul fella of 77 standing up for 10 hours asking for money'.

For so many people in this country, it is going to be like a death in the family - they adored Wogan.

They didn't care whether or not he was or wasn't a professional broadcaster, he was just Terry Wogan.

Tributes pour in on Twitter

Twitter has been overwhelmed with famous anmes paying their respects to Sir Terry Wogan.

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'Wogan was one of the foundations of broadcasting' - Dermot O'Leary

Ken Bruce: 'Wogan was a one-off'

Ken Bruce, another longtime colleague at Radio 2, has lamented the passing of Sir Terry, calling him "one of a kind".

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None of us were expecting this, it's come out of a clear blue sky, so it’s really hard to take in. He was part of the fabric of our lives in so many ways. He could have been the presenter of the most difficult, most involved news programme. He could have done anything in broadcasting, whatever he wanted to do. What he chose to do was bring his vast wit and intelligence to entertainment."

'Terry was very easy going'

Broadcaster Charles Nove worked with Sir Terry Wogan over many years, since joining Radio 2 in 1981.

The BBC Radio Oxford presenter said:

Terry was very easy going about who got the laugh, and that's not always the case in showbiz.

If somebody on the team uttered a funny line which was the natural conclusion, then he would just play the record and not try and grab it for himself."

Terry Wogan's 2009 sign-off: 'Thank you for being my friend'

Sir Terry left the Radio 2 breakfast show on 18 December 2009. This is how he signed off from his last programme: