Monday, April 19News For London

Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan dies at age of 77

Photo by Keith Laverack / CC BY
Photo by Keith Laverack / CC BY

Veteran TV and radio broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died today at the age of 77. His family revealed he had been suffering from a short illness.

In a statement, Sir Terry’s family said he had “died today after a short but brave battle with cancer”.

His career spanned seven decades, from the mid 1950s until November last year, when he stepped down from presenting the programme “Weekend Wogan”, due to health problems.

Sir Terry had also been forced to cancel plans to present last year’s Children in Need telethon, with presenter Dermot O’Leary placed in his stead.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Sir Terry presented his own chat show, “Wogan”, and one of his most notable interviews during the programme’s airing was in an edition, aired in January 1990, with then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The interview pitted a popular daytime presenter against the so-called Iron Lady herself. It came during a volatile period in British politics. Within a matter of months, riots would erupt, after Mrs Thatcher enacted the controversial “Poll Tax”. She eventually resigned as Prime Minister in November the same year.

Sir Terry is survived by his wife Helen and their three children.