Terry Wogan is the Greatest BBC Radio Presenter

Sir Terry Wogan is the greatest BBC radio presenter of all time. In a poll conducted to mark the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1,2,3, and 4 where radio industry figures and critics were asked to name their top 15 broadcasters, Sir Terry Wogan came first. The long serving Radio 2 host died in 2016 after hosting Radio 2 breakfast show for 28 years. Wogan who joined BBC in 1966 attracted an average of eight million listeners to his show which at a point became the most popular radio show in the whole of Europe.

Born in 1938, the son of a grocery store manager, Wogan spent his early years in limerick, Ireland before moving to Dublin. He did a brief stint in the banking industry before trying out his hand in media when he joined Raidio Teilifis Eireann, Ireland’s National Broadcaster. Awarded an honorary OBE in 1997 for his services to broadcasting, Wogan was made a KBE in 2005 when he became a British citizen.

Wogan left the breakfast show at the end of 2009 after 28 years of dedicated broadcasting, the veteran broadcaster died on 31 January 2016 at the age of 77 following a short battle with cancer leaving millions of fans heartbroken.

Wogan came first in the polls ahead of John Peel, Sue MacGregor, Annie Nightingale and Alistair Cooke.

The full top 15:

  1. Sir Terry Wogan
  2. John Peel
  3. Sue MacGregor
  4. Annie Nightingale
  5. Alistair Cooke
  6. Kenny Everett
  7. Jane Garvey
  8. Humphrey Lyttelton
  9. Eddie Mair
  10. Jenni Murray
  11. Brian Redhead
  12. Kirsty Young
  13. John Humphrys
  14. Melvin Bragg
  15. Danny Baker

The Today programme host John Humphrys, Jenni Murray and Steve Wright, Ken Bruce, Paul Gambaccini, Zoe Ball, Jeremy Vine and Kirsty Young, as well as author Philip Pullman and Sebastian Faulks were among contributors to the poll.

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