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Saturday 3 December 2016

Family thanks BBC for 'wonderful gesture' to Terry

Guests outside Wogan House. Photo: PA
Guests outside Wogan House. Photo: PA

The building where Terry Wogan spent so many "happy years" hosting his Radio 2 show has been named after him.

BBC Western House in central London, home to Radio 2, has been renamed Wogan House.

The unveiling of the new architectural signage was attended by his family, who described the move as a "wonderful gesture".

Also present were BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford and director of radio Bob Shennan.

"Radio 2 was such an important part of Terry's life," said his family. "He spent so many happy years there doing what he loved - chatting and laughing with his listeners.

Proud

"We are so proud that the building is being renamed Wogan House in his honour, the whole family are extremely touched by such a wonderful gesture."

Mr Shennan said: "Terry was a much-loved Radio 2 personality and it is right we honour him in this way.

"Each time we walk through the doors of Wogan House we will be forever reminded of his warmth, wit and endless charm."

Terry died in January, surrounded by his family, after a battle with cancer.

During his 50-year career with the BBC, he hosted his Radio 2 breakfast show from the studios at BBC Wogan House from 1972 to 1984 and from 1993 to 2009, when he signed off for the final time by telling his loyal listeners: "Thank-you for being my friend."

Besides his long-running Radio 2 breakfast show, he was also known for his chat shows, Children In Need and his often blistering commentary on the Eurovision Song Contest.

In September, the biggest names in broadcasting paid tribute to him at a packed service at Westminster Abbey.

Fellow broadcaster Chris Evans led the tributes, saying: "He will always be the best."

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