Terry Wogan was one of the most loved figures in British broadcasting, and tributes have been pouring in following his death aged 77.
The Prime Minister posted a personal tribute to the Irish presenter, remembering his sly sense of humour.
1/2 My thoughts are with Terry Wogan's family. Britain has lost a huge talent – someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 31, 2016
2/2 I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on tv. His charm and wit always made me smile.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 31, 2016
Perhaps the most touching tributes came from Wogan’s fellow radio and television presenters. Mark Goodier is currently hosting a special show on BBC Radio 2, and on Twitter the tributes were led by Chris Evans – the man who took over the broadcaster’s breakfast show in 2010.
Our most heartfelt thoughts go out to Helen, Mark, Alan, Katherine and Vanessa. To many of us Terry was Radio 2. We still can’t believe it.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) January 31, 2016
He made it seem effortless and for a young boy in Ireland he made it seem possible. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. I'll raise a glass during song 9.
— graham norton (@grahnort) January 31, 2016
Oh, man. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. Broadcasting hero.
— Lauren Laverne (@laurenlaverne) January 31, 2016
Just so tragic to hear the news of Terry Wogan this morning. A true pro, a lovely lovely man. Love and best wishes to his family. Xx
— edith bowman (@edibow) January 31, 2016
Truly one of the greatest we have ever seen. And treated his colleagues like friends
“Sir Terry Wogan dies at 77” https://t.co/ClP1IC2Fpc
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) January 31, 2016
Devastated about Terry Wogan. Grew up listening to him & have been privileged to know & work with him. Warm, generous & supremely talented
— Clare Balding (@clarebalding) January 31, 2016
Very sad to hear about dear kind Terry Wogan. What a hole there'll be at the BBC. A one-off broadcaster
— Anneka Rice (@AnnekaRice) January 31, 2016
I'm so sad about Sir Terry Wogan. A radio talent like no other. So warm but so so funny. The best. RIP Terry
— Scott Mills (@scott_mills) January 31, 2016
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Esther Rantzen, who worked with Wogan on the first Children in Need in 1980, told Sky News, “I just loved his company and the viewers and listeners loved his company. And he had that extraordinary warmth and charm. He was funny, witty – a really skilled interviewer, which looked so effortless but was not.”
Indeed, many praised Wogan’s fundraising even above his broadcasting skill, with BBC director general Tony Hall saying he had lost a “wonderful friend” who left a “remarkable legacy”.
Very sad news about Sir Terry Wogan.
— Lenny Henry (@LennyHenry) January 31, 2016
Very sad to hear the news about Sir Terry Wogan. Legendary broadcaster, gentleman, passionate fundraiser.
— Danny Cohen (@DannyCohen) January 31, 2016
But Sir Terry’s influence reached beyond broadcasting, with many actors, musicians and comedians expressing their sadness this morning.
Not Terry Wogan. I loved Terry Wogan.
— amanda abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) January 31, 2016
Sir Terry Wogan……he would bring round biscuits and cakes to his guests on his radio show. Lovely man. Another broadcast great gone.
— midge ure (@midgeure1) January 31, 2016
So so sad to hear the news today about Terry Wogan. Warm, traditional and yet brilliantly subversive. A true TV and radio icon. What a loss.
— MATT LUCAS (@RealMattLucas) January 31, 2016
It’s truly like God’s put an intern in charge of deaths and he’s going through the list of celebrities people really love. RIP Terry Wogan.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) January 31, 2016
Absolute. Legend. Just the kindest funniest guy. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. Damn.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) January 31, 2016
— BBC This Week (@bbcthisweek) January 31, 2016
There'll never be another like him. RIP Terry Wogan. https://t.co/eBxA1B3ZdA
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) January 31, 2016
And let’s not forget the legions of TOGs – Terry’s Old Geezers and Gals – who remained his loyal audience throughout his unmatched career.
I will forever be a tog #restinpeaceterry ?
— Ray (@RachelNegus) January 31, 2016
Having listened to Terry Wogan all the way from childhood through to TOG status his passing has left a huge void & reminded me life is short
— Paul Kramer vs Kramer (@PaulHitsheet) January 31, 2016
Favourite Wogan related moment: my mum having to pull the car over because she was laughing so much. She'll be a tog forever. Sad, sad news
— Marisa Bate (@marisajbate) January 31, 2016
So, so sad to hear Sir Terry Wogan has died. This old TOG is in tears. RIP Terry thank you for the laughs there’ll never be another like you
— Old Postcards (@OldPostcards) January 31, 2016
Such a shame. I crashed my car once due to laughing at one of his Janet and John stories. RIP https://t.co/AnOIzMVRKU
— Richard Negus (@TrooperSnooks) January 31, 2016