Tuesday 6 December 2016

BBC building renamed in honour of broadcasting legend Terry Wogan

Published 16/11/2016 | 12:17

Sir Terry Wogan died in January
Sir Terry Wogan died in January
Terry in the studio. Photo: Maxpix

Sir Terry Wogan has been honoured at the location where he spent so many "happy years" hosting his Radio 2 show - with the building now named after him.

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

His family attended the inauguration of Wogan House, where the new architectural signage was unveiled.

BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford and director of radio Bob Shennan were also at the event, which honoured the life and career of the broadcasting star.

Terry in the studio. Photo: Maxpix
Terry in the studio. Photo: Maxpix

The Wogan family described the move as a "wonderful gesture".

"BBC Radio 2 was such an important part of Terry's life," they said. "He spent so many happy years there doing what he loved - chatting and laughing with the listeners from his studio in BBC Western House every weekday morning.

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

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

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."

Sir Terry, known for his velvety voice on radio and television, enjoyed a career spanning more than 50 years at the BBC.

As well as 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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