Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died of cancer at the age of 77.

His family have confirmed the news he passed away after a short illness.

Sir Terry was born in Limerick, Ireland and had a 50-year career on television and radio.

He presented the Wogan show for 10 years until 1992 and Children in Need since it started in 1980.

He also retired from his BBC radio 2 breakfast show “Wake up to Wogan” in 2009 after 16 years and was the BBC commentator on the Eurovision song contest for 37 years.

In a statement on the BBC website Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: “As the host of Wake up to Wogan, Terry established himself as one of the greatest and most popular radio hosts this country has ever heard.

“We were brightened by his wonderful personality and charm as he woke us up every weekday morning, becoming an essential and much-loved part of our lives.

“His millions of listeners adored him, as did his whole Radio 2 family. We will miss him enormously and our thoughts at this very sad time are with Helen and all the family.”