BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan dies aged 77.

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Sources said: “Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer.

“He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”

BBC director Tony Hall said: “Terry truly was a national treasure.”

He leaves behind wife Helen and three children,  the couple also had a daughter who died as an infant.

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Sir Terry had a 50-year long career on television and radio.  he presented Wake up to Wogan on BBC 2 radio and had a Wogan chat show which broadcasted on BBC1.

He was also the presenter and voice of Eurovision in the UK, and was involved in Children in Need since it began back in 1980.

Bob Shennan a BBC Radio 2 controller said he was “one of the greatest and most popular radio hosts this country has ever heard”, adding: “His millions of listeners adored him, as did his whole Radio 2 family. We will miss him enormously and our thoughts at this very sad time are with Helen and all the family.”

Lord Hall said: “Terry truly was a national treasure. Today we’ve lost a wonderful friend.

“He was a lovely, lovely man and our thoughts are with his wife and family. For 50 years Sir Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was a part of the family.”

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Originally Sir Terry Wogan went into banking after college, he then switched careers and joined Ireland’s national Radio Eireann as an announcer and newsreader.

Moving into light entertainment, he started as a DJ and host of a television quiz show in Ireland.  He joined the BBC, where he ended up staying for the rest of his long career.

He presented BBC breakfast show on Radio 2 from 1972 to 1984, as The Terry Wogan Show, and then changed from 1993 to 2009 as Wake Up To Wogan.

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