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Terry Wogan

KBE DL
Terry Wogan at Cheltenham Literature Festival.jpg
Wogan at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2015
Born
Michael Terence Wogan

(1938-08-03)3 August 1938
Limerick, Ireland
Died 31 January 2016(2016-01-31) (aged 77)
Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England
Citizenship Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom
Years active 1956–2015
Employer BBC
Known for Television presenting:
  • Eurovision Song Contest
    (1971–2008)
  • Blankety Blank (1979–1983)
  • Children in Need (1980–2014, with a small appearance in 2015)
  • Wogan (1982–1992)
  • Points of View (1999–2007)
  • Wogan's Perfect Recall
    (2008–2010)
Radio presenting:
  • The Terry Wogan Show (1972–1984)
  • Wake Up to Wogan (1993–2009)
  • Weekend Wogan (2010–2015)
Spouse(s) Helen Joyce (m.1965-2016, his death)
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Sir Michael Terence Wogan KBE DL (/ˈwɡən/; 3 August 1938 – 31 January 2016), better known as Terry Wogan, was a veteran Irish-British radio and television broadcaster, who has worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom for most of his career. Before he retired from the weekday breakfast programme Wake Up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2 on 18 December 2009, Wogan had a regular eight million listeners, making him the most listened to radio broadcaster of any European nation. He began his career at Raidió Teilifís Éireann where he presented shows such as Jackpot in the 1960s.

Wogan was a leading media personality in the UK from the late 1960s and is often referred to as a national treasure. He is best known in the United Kingdom for his BBC 1 chat show Wogan, the game show Blankety Blank, for his work presenting Children in Need, as the host of Wake Up to Woganon BBC Radio 2, and as the BBC's commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest from 1980 to 2008. He was awarded an honorary knighthood in 2005. When he took dual British citizenship later that year, he became entitled to be addressed as "Sir Terry Wogan".

Wogan started a primetime weekend show on Radio 2 from 14 February 2010.

Wogan died on 31 January 2016 in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England from cancer of unknown primary origin at the age of 77.


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