Iconic Eurovision commentator and presenter Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77, following a short battle with cancer. The Irishman was best known for his scathing reporting on the BBC’s coverage of the song contest for 28 years and he hosted the contest in 1998 alongside Ulrika Johnson.
Since 1980, Sir Terry’s voice had become synonymous with Eurovision, with many choosing to tune in to the BBC’s coverage to hear his witty and uncompromising take on the acts competing year on year. Wogan quit as commentator in 2008, citing repeated bloc voting and the inclusion of more and more nations as changing the contest for the worse.
Following Conchita Wurst’s win in 2014, Wogan spoke out against the ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ star, saying that her win made a mockery of the contest.
Many people associated with Eurovision have paid tribute to Sir Terry on their social media accounts:
Irish broadcaster RTE will replay an interview with Gay Byrne tonight from 10.35pm in tribute to Sir Terry Wogan.