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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Ryan Tubridy covering for ill Terry Wogan on his BBC Radio 2 slot

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy
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Aoife Kelly

Following the news that Terry Wogan has pulled out of BBC's Children in Need due to health concerns, it has been announced that Ryan Tubridy will fill in for the legendary radio star on his BBC Radio 2 slot.

Ryan will front Wogan's show from 11am to 1pm on Sundays for the next few weeks.

"First and foremost, I want to wish Terry the best of health, I've been an admirer since I was a young boy watching Wogan on the television and more recently listening to him on Radio 2," said Tubridy.

" I will do my very best to keep his listeners entertained, or at least, occupied, for the next couple of weeks until the man himself returns."

Ryan has previously filled in for other presenters at the BBC including Graham NOrton, Ken Bruce and Chris Evans among others.

However, following his move from RTE 2fm back to RTE Radio 1 this summer he was not scheduled to provide any cover this year.

The BBC today announced that veteran broadcaster Wogan has pulled out of presenting charity fundraiser Children In Need due to health reasons.

The 77-year-old said he would miss the "wonderful, inspiring evening" for the first time after hosting the annual event every year since it began in 1980.

He said: "The British public, as always, will dig deep in their pockets and purses to help the country's disadvantaged children, knowing that every penny will go to those who need it most.

"I'm going to miss our wonderful, inspiring evening together, but I'll be with you, watching, cheering and donating to a magnificent cause."

A replacement host will be announced in due course, the BBC said.

A BBC spokesman said on Thursday: "We are so sorry that Terry won't be with us tomorrow night as we know how passionate he is about Children in Need. But we wish him a very speedy recovery and know he'll be watching from home and enjoying the show."

Presenters Tess Daly, Rochelle Humes, Nick Grimshaw and Fearne Cotton had been set to join Sir Terry to present the show.

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