'National treasure' Sir Terry Wogan dies aged 77

Sir Terry Wogan was involved with the charity Children In Need since it started.

Sir Terry Wogan was involved with the charity Children In Need since it started.

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Legendary broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77 after a short battle with cancer.

The BBC presenter, who had a 50-year career in television and radio, has been described as a 'national treasure'.

In a statement, his family 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 general Tony Hall said: "Terry truly was a national treasure."

Mr Wogan was involved with the charity Children In Need since it started, and presented its annual fundraising night on the BBC.

He was also well-known for presenting the Eurovision Song Contest for the BBC.

Among his other roles was as a presenter for BBC Radio 2.

BBC Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: "As the host of Wake up to Wogan, Terry established himself as one of the greatest and most popular radio hosts this country has ever heard.

"We were brightened by his wonderful personality and charm as he woke us up every weekday morning, becoming an essential and much-loved part of our lives.

"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."