Wogan, Terry

Terry Wogan was a master of broadcasting in Ireland and the UK on both television and radio for over five decades.

Born in Limerick in 1938, the Wogan family moved to Dublin when Terry was in his teens. After a stint working for Bank of Ireland, Terry soon got his first break in broadcasting .

He began his career at RTÉ, first in radio and later as presenter of shows such as Jackpot, a popular light entertainment quiz show. By the time he married Helen Joyce in 1965 he was one of RTÉ's biggest stars. In the late 1960s he made the move to the BBC.

On television, he became synonymous with his talk show 'Wogan' and the entertainment show 'Blankety Blank'. He was also the commentator for many years on the BBC for the Eurovision Song Contest. He was also associated from the beginning with 'Children in Need'. His daily radio show had an audience of 8 million people when the show finished in 2009.

In 2005 Terry Wogan received a knighthood.

Terry and Helen Wogan had four children. Their first child, Vanessa, died in infancy.

Terry Wogan died on 31 January 2016 at the age of 77.