Sir Terry Wogan: Veteran broadcaster dies aged 77

Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77, after short illness

Sir Terry Wogan
Sir Terry Wogan

Sir Terry Wogan, the BBC TV and radio broadcaster, has died aged 77 from cancer, his family have said.

Wogan, known as the voice of the Eurovision, was an Irish radio and television broadcaster who worked for the BBC for most of his career.

Before he retired from his weekday breakfast programme Wake Up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2 in 2009, it had eight million regular listeners, making him the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.

Wogan 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 was often referred to as a "national treasure". He was known in the United Kingdom for his BBC One chat show Wogan, presenting Children in Need, Wake Up to Wogan, the game show Blankety Blank and Come Dancing and as the BBC's commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest from 1971 to 2008.

Wogan was granted an honorary knighthood as an Irish citizen in 2005.