Terry Wogan

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Terry Wogan was born in Limerick, Ireland and educated at the city’s Crescent College.

After leaving college Terry went into banking, where his innate ability to separate half crowns from two bob bits soon marked him down for greater things.

Five years later he joined Radio Telefis Eireann (the Irish National Radio and TV Service) as a newsreader announcer. After two years of interviewing and presenting documentary features, he moved to light entertainment as a disc jockey and host of television quiz and variety shows. His first regular BBC Radio show was Midday Spin and, when Radio 1 started, he presented Late Night Extra for two years, flying over from Dublin every week.

In 1969, he stood in for Jimmy Young when he went on holiday and later that year, in October, Terry was given his own daily show on Radio 1 and 2. He presented the morning show on Radio 2 from 1972 until 1984, shortly before his three-times-a-week chat show, Wogan, began on BBC 1. The programme ran for the next seven years.

His extensive television credits also include Song for Europe, The Eurovision Song Contest, Lunchtime with Wogan, Come Dancing, Celebrity Squares, New Faces and Blankety Blank.

He returned to Radio 2 in 1993 as host of Wake Up To Wogan, and presented the show until December 2009. He currently presents the Sunday morning show Weekend Wogan.  He was knighted in 2005.

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