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Sir Terry Wogan
KBE DL
Terry Wogan MBE Investiture cropped.jpg
Wogan at his Investiture in December 2005.
Born Michael Terence Wogan
(1938-08-03) 3 August 1938 (age 75)
Limerick, Ireland
Residence Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England
Employer BBC
Known for Television Presenting:
Eurovision Song Contest (1971–2008)
Blankety Blank (1979–1983)
Children in Need (1980–)
Wogan (1982–1992)
Wogan's Perfect Recall (2008–2010)
Radio Presenting:
Wake Up to Wogan (1993–2009)
Weekend Wogan (2010–)
Spouse(s) Helen, Lady Wogan (m. 1965)
Children Vanessa (b. 1966; deceased)
Alan (b. 1967)
Mark (b. 1970)
Katherine (b. 1972)
Website
Terry Wogan official website

Sir Michael Terence "Terry" Wogan, KBE, DL (born 3 August 1938) is an Irish radio and television broadcaster who has worked for the BBC in the United Kingdom 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.[1] He began his career at Raidió Teilifís Éireann where he presented shows such as Jackpot in the 1960s.

Wogan has been a leading media personality in the UK since the late 1960s and is often referred to as a "national treasure".[1] He is 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 currently presents a two-hour Sunday morning show, Weekend Wogan, on BBC Radio 2.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Wogan, the son of a grocery store manager in Limerick, was educated Crescent College, a Jesuit school, from the age of eight. He experienced a strongly religious upbringing, later commenting that "There were hundreds of churches, all these missions breathing fire and brimstone, telling you how easy it was to sin, how you'd be in hell. We were brainwashed into believing."[4] Despite this, he has often expressed his fondness for the city of his birth, commenting on one occasion that "Limerick never left me, whatever it is, my identity is Limerick."[5]

At the age of 15, after his father was promoted to general manager, Wogan moved to Dublin with his family. While living in Dublin, he attended Crescent College's sister school, Belvedere College. He participated in amateur dramatics and discovered a love of rock and roll. After leaving Belvedere in 1956, Wogan had a brief career in the banking profession, joining the Royal Bank of Ireland.[6] While in his twenties, he later joined the national broadcaster of Ireland, RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) as a newsreader and announcer, after seeing an advert in a newspaper advertising announcer positions.[7] He later revealed on BBC television show Would I Lie to You? that during his time at RTÉ, he would play pranks on his colleagues by burning their scripts while they were live on air.[8]

Personal life[edit]

On 25 April 1965, Wogan married Helen Joyce. They have had four children: Vanessa (born in 1966 with heart problems and died shortly after birth); Alan (born 1967); Mark (born 1970) and Katherine (born 1972) who is married to the Hon. Henry Cripps (the eldest son of Michael Cripps, 5th Baron Parmoor).[citation needed] Wogan and his wife have had five grandchildren. They live in Taplow, Buckinghamshire,[9] and they own a home in Gascony, south-west France.[citation needed] In April 2013, Wogan was one of a select group of celebrities to be personally invited by the family of Baroness Thatcher to attend her funeral.[10]

Radio work[edit]

Early career[edit]

Wogan conducted interviews and presented documentary features during his first two years at Raidió Teilifís Éireann, before moving to the light entertainment department as a disc jockey and host of TV quiz and variety shows such as Jackpot, a top rated quiz show on RTÉ in the 1960s. When the show was dropped by RTÉ TV in 1967, Wogan approached the BBC for extra work. He began working for BBC Radio, initially 'down the line' from London, first broadcasting on the Light Programme on Tuesday 27 September 1966. On the inauguration of BBC Radio 1, he presented the Tuesday edition of Late Night Extra for two years, commuting weekly from Dublin to London. After covering Jimmy Young's mid-morning show throughout July 1969, he was offered a regular afternoon slot from 3 to 5 pm This was officially on BBC Radio 1, but lack of funding meant that it was also broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

In April 1972, he took over the breakfast show on BBC Radio 2, swapping places with John Dunn, who briefly hosted the afternoon show. By this time, Radio 1 and Radio 2 had diverged sufficiently to allow separate programming, and Wogan enjoyed unprecedented popularity, achieving audiences of up to 7.6 million.[11] His seemingly ubiquitous presence across the media meant that he frequently became the butt of jokes by comedians of the time, among them The Goodies and The Barron Knights. Wogan was eminently capable of self-parody too, releasing a vocal version of the song "The Floral Dance" during this time, by popular request from listeners who enjoyed hearing him sing over the instrumental hit by the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band. His version reached number 21 in the UK Singles Chart.[11] A follow-up single, entitled "Me and the Elephant", and an eponymous album were also released, but did not chart.

In December 1984, Wogan left his breakfast show to pursue a full-time career in television. He was replaced on radio by Ken Bruce, followed shortly afterwards by Derek Jameson and finally Brian Hayes.

Return to radio[edit]

In January 1993, he returned to BBC Radio 2 to present the breakfast show, then called Wake Up to Wogan. His tendency to go off on rambling, esoteric tangents, often including banter with his then producer, Paul Walters, seems to have become popular with both younger and older listeners. The show was highly interactive with much of the entertainment coming from letters and emails sent in by listeners (many of whom adopt punning pseudonyms, such as Edina Cloud, Lucy Lastic, Mick Sturbs or Hellen Bach, for the purpose) with an often surrealistic bent. One memorable occasion involved Wogan reading out an email from someone using the name "Tess Tickles", without realising what the name was referring to, prompting Paul Walters' standard reply in such situations – "I only print 'em!"

As his radio show was considered to attract older listeners, Wogan jokingly refers to his fans as "TOGs", standing for Terry's Old Geezers or Terry's Old Gals, whilst "TYGs" are Terry's Young Geezers/Gals who he jokes are forced to listen to him because of their parents' choice of radio station. Wogan is referred to as The Togmeister on his own programme by himself and members of his production team, and he refers to the podcast of his show as a 'togcast' in keeping with the acronyms described above.[12]

There were also running jokes involving Wogan's newsreader colleagues Alan Dedicoat (nicknamed 'Deadly' after the spoonerism 'Deadly Alancoat'), Fran Godfrey and John Marsh (nicknamed 'Boggy'). Marsh once told Wogan on air that his wife was called Janet, and a series of "Janet and John" stories followed, read by Wogan during the breakfast show. These are a pastiche of children's learn-to-read stories but are littered with humorous sexual double-entendres which often led to Wogan and Marsh breaking into uncontrollable laughter. Five CDs, the first with fourteen stories, the second with sixteen, the third with eighteen (two never broadcast), the fourth with eighteen and the fifth with nineteen (one never broadcast), have been sold by listeners in aid of Children in Need, and have raised an enormous amount for the campaign (to date: over £3 million from all sales of related TOG/TYG products). A long-running campaign by Wogan criticising the British government for levying VAT on these CDs eventually led to a government rebate of £200,000.[13]

Another feature of the programme was Wogan's exchanges with “the Totty from Splotty “ – Lynn Bowles, the Welsh traffic reporter from Splott, Cardiff – which often involved reading limericks from listeners cut short after 1 or 2 lines as risqué innuendo in the later lines was telegraphed.

Through his show Wogan is also widely credited with launching the career of singer Katie Melua after he repeatedly played her debut single, "The Closest Thing to Crazy", in late 2003. When she performed on Children in Need in 2005, Wogan jokingly said to Melua, "You owe it all to me, and maybe a little to your own talent". He has, however, made no secret that the credit for discovering her lies with his long time producer, Paul Walters.

In 2005, it was reported that his breakfast show Wake Up to Wogan attracted an audience of eight million. According to figures leaked to British newspapers in April 2006, Wogan was the highest paid BBC radio presenter at that time, with an £800,000 a year salary.[14] In an interview with Britain's Hello magazine in its 30 May 2006 issue, Wogan confirmed this, saying, "The amount they said was true and I don't give a monkey's about people knowing it. Nor do I feel guilty. If you do the maths, factoring in my eight million listeners, I cost the BBC about 2p a fortnight. I think I'm cheap at the price".

On 23 May 2005, Wogan broke strike picket lines to present his show. The strike by BBC staff was a protest over announced job cuts.[15] Reportedly, he gave them a smile and wished them all well. He explained on air that the reason for doing so was that he is contracted to host Wake up to Wogan and hence is not directly employed by the BBC, and so could not legally strike with their employees.

Wogan was forced off air on 16 February 2007 when steam from a nearby gym set off fire alarms.[16] For 15 minutes an emergency tape played non-stop music. On returning, Wogan read out several light hearted comments from listeners saying that they thought he had died with his sudden disappearance and the playing of such sentimental music. On 7 September 2009, Wogan confirmed to his listeners that he would be leaving the breakfast show at the end of the year with Chris Evans taking over.[17] The Times published an ode to Terry: "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone. Terry Wogan is abandoning his microphone", and novelist Allison Pearson commented: "Heard the one about the Irishman who reminded the British of what they could be at their best? His name was Terry Wogan."[1] Terry Wogan presented his final Radio 2 breakfast show on 18 December 2009.[18]

It was announced that Wogan would return to Radio 2 from 14 February 2010 to host a live weekly two-hour Sunday show on Radio 2, featuring live musical performance and guests, between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm.[19] The show, titled Weekend Wogan was hosted in front of a live audience in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House until the 4th series where he returned to the studio. Some 30,000 people applied for 300 tickets to be in the audience. Wogan's first guests on his new show were the actor Sir Ian McKellen and jazz singers Norah Jones and Jamie Cullum. The programme also featured a house band (Elio Pace).[20]

Television work[edit]

Children in Need[edit]

In 1980, the BBC's charity appeal for children was first broadcast as a telethon called Children in Need, with Wogan presenting alongside Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen.[21] Wogan has been the presenter of this annual event ever since.[22]

He has campaigned extensively for the charity and often involves himself via auctions on his radio show, or more directly by taking part in well-publicised sponsored activities.

He is reported to be the only celebrity paid for his participation in Children in Need, having received a fee every year since 1980 (£9,065 in 2005). Wogan, however, has stated that he would "quite happily do it for nothing" and that he "never asked for a fee". The BBC stated that the fee had "never been negotiated". Wogan's fee has been paid from BBC resources and not from the Children in Need charity fund.[23] There is no record, however, of Wogan ever having repaid his fee from previous years.

His first and only appearance on the panel comedy show QI was in the 2008 episode for Children in Need, 'Families'.

In 2008, Wogan and Aled Jones released a single "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" which got to number three in the UK music charts. The money raised went to BBC Children in Need. The two recorded a second Christmas single "Silver Bells" in 2009 which was also in aid of BBC Children in Need.[citation needed]

In October 2013, Wogan became the latest television personality to admit he had heard rumours of the child sexual abuse by the late Sir Jimmy Savile, with whom he had worked on Children in Need and Jim'll Fix It.[24]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In 1971 and from 1974 until 1977, and again in 1979, Wogan provided the BBC's radio commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest. He became better known for his television commentary, which he handled first in 1973 and then again in 1978. From 1980 until 2008, he provided the BBC's television commentary every year and became famous for his sardonic and highly cynical comments. He also co-hosted the contest, in 1998 with Ulrika Jonsson, live from Birmingham. From 1977 until 1996 Wogan hosted the UK selection heat each year, returning to the job in 1998 and again from 2003 until 2008. In 1973, 1975 and every year from 1977 until 1984 and once more in 1994, Wogan also presented the UK Eurovision Song Contest Previews on BBC1. He remained until recently an advocate of the contest. He earned a reported £150,000 annually for his work with the contest.[25]

Wogan's commentating style, which often involved humour at the expense of others, has caused some minor controversy, for example when he referred to the hosts of the 2001 contest in Denmark, Søren Pilmark and Natasja Crone Back, as "Doctor Death and the Tooth Fairy".[26]

During the presentation of the Dutch televote in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, Wogan called the Dutch televote presenter, Paul de Leeuw, an "eejit", as de Leeuw started to make ad lib comments, gave his mobile phone number and lengthened the Dutch results. Chris Tarrant later remarked that "Terry Wogan's commentary is why any sane person would choose to watch the Eurovision," referring to his now-infamous acerbity.[citation needed]

During the 2007 BBC show Making Your Mind Up, in which the British public voted to decide their Eurovision entry, Terry Wogan announced, wrongly, that the runner-up Cyndi was the winner. The actual winner was the group Scooch and, according to the BBC, Terry Wogan had been provided with the correct result during the live show. His response to this on his radio show was quite simple, "It's not like anybody died or anything." He also stated that if they'd gone with Cyndi, we'd not have come last.[27]

The Contest in recent years, however, has become notorious for a perceived increase in political voting (an aspect noted for many years). In 2008, the UK's entry, Andy Abraham, came last, much to Wogan's disappointment. Wogan argued that Abraham "..gave, I think, the performance of his life with a song that certainly deserved far more points than it got when you look at the points that Spain got, that Bosnia-Herzegovina got – some really ridiculous songs."[citation needed]

Unknown to the majority of television viewers across Europe, however, Wogan is well-known to many veteran broadcasters across the continent, being seen as a Eurovision Song Contest institution. Indeed, at the 2008 contest he was acknowledged by both hosts, and welcomed personally by name to the show (alongside only two other individuals from the 43 participating broadcasting nations: France's Jean-Paul Gaultier and Finland's 2007 Contest host Jaana Pelkonen).[28]

After hinting of his intentions on live television during the closing credits of the 2008 contest, on 11 August 2008, Wogan said in an interview with national magazine RadioTimes that he was 'very doubtful' about presenting the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom again, claiming it was "predictable" and "... no longer a music contest".[29] On 5 December 2008, Wogan officially stepped down from the role after 35 years. Graham Norton succeeded Wogan as BBC commentator for the 2009 contest. Norton said during the opening comments "I know, I miss Terry too."[30]

Chat shows[edit]

Wogan's first foray into TV interviewing was with "What's on Wogan?", which ran for one series in 1980 on BBC1, primarily on early Saturday evenings. In 1981, he had a chance to host a one-off chat show, Saturday Live. Among his guests on this show were Larry Hagman, promoting his new film S.O.B., and Frank Hall. Hagman was at the height of his fame and this resulted in the show having a very high profile.

Soon after Wogan was given his own chat show, Wogan, which after a trial run on a midweek evening, was recommissioned for broadcast on Saturday nights from 1982 to 1984. Between 1985 and 1992, the show became thrice-weekly on early weekday evenings. Notable moments of the series included interviews with a drunk George Best, a silent Chevy Chase, a nervous Anne Bancroft who was so petrified she gave monosyllabic answers and counted to ten before descending the entrance steps to the studio, Ronnie Barker announcing his retirement on the show, and David Icke claiming to be the "Son of God", to whom Wogan famously stated: "They're not laughing with you, they're laughing at you."[31]

In 1989, controversy was generated after the BBC banned an interview with Simon Hayward, a former Captain of the Life Guards, just hours before he was due to appear on the Wogan show. Hayward insisted that he was innocent of drug smuggling offences. The decision was taken by the then BBC1 Controller Jonathan Powell after protests from several MPs. However, the BBC was accused of censorship and Conservative MP John Gorst described the decision to ban Hayward from Wogan as "outrageous".[32]

In 1992, a poll apparently revealed Wogan to be simultaneously the most and the least popular person in Britain[citation needed], and he was subsequently released from his talk-show contract after pressure from the BBC.[31] He claims that the BBC also wanted his scheduling slot for the ill-fated soap Eldorado. Wogan briefly hosted "Terry Wogan's Friday Night" in 1993, but this series was not recommissioned.

In 2006, Wogan presented Wogan Now and Then, a show where he interviewed guests from his old chat show as well as new guests, and for which he reportedly earned £30,000 per episode.[25]

Other television and internet based work[edit]

In 2008 he hosted the gameshow Wogan's Perfect Recall. The programme turned up in an episode of Being Human where Terry could talk to Saul, one of the characters, from inside the television.[33]

Terry Wogan at MasterChef Live, London, 2009.

In 2010 he guest-hosted the fourth episode of the 24th series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and in 2011 he hosted Wogan on Wodehouse for BBC Two.

In November 2013 he took part in a celebrity edition of the BBC One game show Pointless alongside celebrities including Bobby Ball and Esther Rantzen in aid of Children in Need.[citation needed]

On 31 March 2014, Terry was a guest reporter on Bang Goes the Theory, discussing old age demential.

Written works[edit]

Wogan has published a number of written works, including:

  • Banjaxed (October 1979)
  • The Day Job (1981)
  • Wogan on Wogan (1987)
  • Terry Wogan's Bumper Book of TOGs (1995)
  • Where Was I?!: The World According to Wogan (2009)

He has also written two autobiographical volumes:

  • Is It Me? (September 2000)
  • Mustn't Grumble (September 2006)

A diary was also published:

  • Wogan's Twelve (October 2007)

Other appearances[edit]

In 1981, Wogan set the world record for the longest successful golf putt ever televised, which was 33 yards at the Gleneagles golf course in a pro-celebrity TV programme on the BBC.[34]

Wogan has appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009. In an appearance on the BBC programme Top Gear, Wogan managed to become one of the slowest people to go around the test track as the "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car", a Suzuki Liana. His time of 2:04 was faster only than Richard Whiteley, who lapped in 2:06.[citation needed]

Other television programmes he has presented:

Other television programmes:

Wogan has become the host of the annual 'The Oldie of the Year Awards' held at Simpsons-on-the-Strand in London on behalf of The Oldie Magazine.[citation needed]

Honours and awards[edit]

Wogan was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1978 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Broadcasting House. In the first ‘hit’ of its kind, Eamonn interrupted Terry’s BBC Radio 2 morning show to surprise him live on air.

Wogan was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997 and an honorary Knight Commander of the same order (KBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2005. After asserting his right to British citizenship (he retains his Irish citizenship) that year, the knighthood was made substantive on 11 October 2005, allowing him to use the style "Sir".[35] On 29 May 2007 he was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.[36]

In 2004, he was awarded a Gold Blue Peter Badge.

On 15 June 2007, his home town of Limerick honoured him with the 'Freedom of the City' at a ceremony in Limerick's Civic Hall. The Freedom of Limerick honour dates from medieval times. Because of his long absence from the city as well as some well remembered, less than flattering remarks about the city in a 1980 interview, the local press carried out a vox pop which resulted in unanimous support for the award. He has since acknowledged the strength of character of the local population who "never give up ... never say die and ... are never beaten." "Limerick never left me" he is quoted as saying and "whatever it is, my identity is Limerick."[citation needed] In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Limerick[37] as well as a special lifetime achievement award from his native city.

Wogan was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame at a gala dinner held in his honour on 10 December 2009.[38]

Wogan received an honorary degree in Doctor of Laws from Leicester University in 2010[39][40]

Radio 2's Ultimate Icon[edit]

Wogan was announced as the Ultimate Icon of Radio 2 to commemorate the station's 40th birthday. The shortlist of 16 candidates had been published on the BBC Radio 2 website and the winner was announced live on Radio 2 during Family Favourites with Michael Aspel on 30 September 2007. He praised his fellow nominees, The Beatles, Diana, Princess of Wales and Nelson Mandela during his acceptance speech which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, and he chose Nat King Cole's Stardust as his Iconic Song of the last 40 years, which he had chosen twice before as his favourite record on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.[citation needed]

References in popular culture[edit]

As a well-known public figure, Terry Wogan has been referred to on television, in novels, in films, and in music. In the novelisation of the television series Yes, Prime Minister, for example, the fictional Prime Minister, Jim Hacker, discusses having an interview with Wogan. To his suggestion that Wogan be given a knighthood to ensure that the interview would go well, his Private Secretary replied "Sir Terence Wogan? I hardly think so, Prime Minister."

Wogan is referred to in the song "The Dark of the Matinée" by Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand. The relevant line goes "So I'm on BBC2 now telling Terry Wogan how I made it and / What I made isn't clear now, but his deference is and his laughter is / My words and smile are so easy now...Yes it's easy now. Yes it's easy now!". When Franz Ferdinand played a show in Limerick in 2009, one Irish reviewer wondered if the band had made the connection between lyric and city.[41]

The British 2 Tone band Madness recorded a jingle for Wogan's show in 1982, which is included in the box set The Business – the Definitive Singles Collection. Track 9 of disk 2 is the "Terry Wogan Jingle" lasting 25 seconds in which the group sing the line "Ter-ry Wo-gan is a blankety blankety blank" to the tune of their hit single "Our House".[citation needed]

Wogan is also referred to in 'The Hitcher' episode of the British comedy series, The Mighty Boosh. He appears briefly in the 'Celebrity Vicar' episode of The Vicar of Dibley, another Britcom, when Rev. Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) is interviewed on Wogan's radio programme, Pause for Thought. In March 2008, he had a voice-only cameo as himself in the seventh episode of Ashes to Ashes, set in October 1981.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Bob Chaundy (9 March 2007). "Faces of the week". BBC News Profiles Unit. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
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  7. ^ Ingoldsby, Padraig. "List of Old Belvederians who have been honoured as Knights of the realm". Belvedere College Museum. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  8. ^ Would I Lie to You?, Series 5 Episode 2
  9. ^ Singh, Anita (9 December 2008). "Fire at home of BBC presenter Terry Wogan". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  10. ^ "Margaret Thatcher funeral: Jeremy Clarkson, Terry Wogan, ex-PMs invited". Digital Spy. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Terry's Top Ten Triumphs!". UKTV Gold. Retrieved 19 May 2007. 
  12. ^ "Terry's Podcast". BBC Radio 2. Archived from the original on 23 March 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  13. ^ "VATwise" (PDF). 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2007. 
  14. ^ Davies, Hugh (19 April 2006). "Wogan is number one in BBC radio rich list". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  15. ^ O'Carroll, Lisa, Deans, Jason, and Day, Julia (23 May 2005). "TV stars: why we crossed BBC picket line". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  16. ^ "Fire alarm forces Wogan off air". BBC News. 16 February 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2007. 
  17. ^ "Sir Terry to leave breakfast show". BBC News. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  18. ^ "Sir Terry Wogan bids farewell to show". BBC News. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  19. ^ "Sir Terry Wogan to launch brand new Sunday programme on Radio 2 in 2010". BBC Press Office. 16 October 2009. 
  20. ^ Thomas, Liz (15 February 2010). "Terry Wogan hobbles back into action as he arrives for his new Radio 2 show on a walking stick". Daily Mail. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  21. ^ "About BBC Children in Need". BBC. 2004. Archived from the original on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2007. 
  22. ^ Myall, Steve (5 March 2007). "Wogan is the only celeb paid for Children in Need". The Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 22 June 2007. 
  23. ^ "Wogan charity fee defended by BBC". BBC News. 4 March 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2007. 
  24. ^ Rockett, Karen (5 October 2013). "Sir Terry Wogan speaks of his hatred of Jimmy Savile and says his crimes were open secret at BBC". The Mirror. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  25. ^ a b Neil, Beth; Damien Fletcher (3 June 2007). "Terry Wogan's Wonga". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 3 June 2007. 
  26. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy: The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History, Carlton Books UK, 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  27. ^ "Eurovision gaffe 'not technical'". BBC News. 19 March 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2007. 
  28. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2008". Eurovision Song Contest. Episode 53. 24 May 2008.
  29. ^ "Terry Wogan 'very doubtful' about presenting Eurovision again". NME. Retrieved 12 August 2008. 
  30. ^ "Norton is new Wogan on Eurovision". BBC News. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  31. ^ a b Burrell, Ian (23 January 2006). "Terry Wogan: Welcome to his world". The Independent (London). Retrieved 14 May 2007. 
  32. ^ "Hayward banned from Wogan show". The Herald (Glasgow). 14 September 1989. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  33. ^ Garret Keogh, Online Editor. "Being Human Blog: EP2 HIGHLIGHT: SIR TERRY WOGAN". BBC. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  34. ^ Jones, Dan (4 June 2004). "Guardian Unlimited Sport Small Talk". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2 June 2007. 
  35. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57855. p. 26. 31 December 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  36. ^ The London Gazette: no. 58839. p. 7666. 29 May 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  37. ^ Honorary Doctorate Recipients University of Limerick
  38. ^ "Sir Terry Wogan honoured at radio industry awards". BBC News. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  39. ^ "Wogan backs 'lost city' Leicester's City of Culture bid". BBC News. 2013-09-06. 
  40. ^ "Honorary Degree for Sir Terry Wogan: Media Operational Note". Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  41. ^ Ronan Lawlor, "Franz Ferdinand (live in Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick)" Cluas.com, 3 March 2009

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