Taking place from midday at Westminster Abbey on the 27th September (the 50th anniversary of Wogan’s first BBC radio broadcast), the service will appear alongside a series of tribute programmes on radio and television, looking back at Wogan’s decades-long career hosting TV and radio shows including Wogan, Points of View and the Radio 2 breakfast show.
The 77-year-old passed away in January this year, after what his family described as “a short but brave battle with cancer”.
Speaking about the project, BBC director-general Tony Hall said, “Terry Wogan was one of the nation’s most loved presenters. He had a unique and welcoming style combined with a mischievous sense of humour and his personality will shine through in these programmes.”
Among the tribute programmes will be a BBC1 one-off provisionally called Sir Terry Wogan Remembered: Fifty Years at the BBC and a two-part Radio 2 special called Thank You For Being My Friend – A Tribute to Terry Wogan (which will air at 10pm on the 26th and 27th September). The BBC1 show will include tributes from fellow broadcasters including Jeremy Vine, Ken Bruce, Alesha Dixon, Michael Grade, Eamonn Holmes, Katie Melua, Dermot O’Leary, Len Goodman, Graham Norton, Fearne Cotton and Rob Brydon.
The Westminster Abbey memorial will be broadcast as part of Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, with 250 pairs of tickets currently available to members of the public via a ballot on the BBC Radio 2 website until it closes on Thursday.