Sir Terry Wogan
Date: 8th Feb 2016
The Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University has paid tribute to television and radio broadcaster, Sir Terry Wogan after the much-loved star, who received an Honorary Doctorate from the university, died aged 77.
Sir Terry, who lived in Buckinghamshire, received the Honorary Doctorate from Bucks New University in 2012 in recognition of his highly successful radio and television presenting career.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting said: "Sir Terry Wogan made a great contribution to television and radio broadcasting during a long and distinguished career and we were proud and privileged to award him an Honorary Doctorate.
"His acceptance speech at his graduation ceremony inspired our graduates lucky enough to be present. Our thoughts and condolences are with Sir Terry's friends and family."
At the time of receiving the Honorary Doctorate, Sir Terry said: "I am delighted to be recognised in this way by Buckinghamshire New University.
"I have been a resident of Buckinghamshire for nearly forty years, and a Deputy Lieutenant of the County, and an honorary degree from the County's university means a great deal to me. I'm naturally delighted to accept, and with great pride.
"I received a great reception from the graduating students and it was wonderful to see the look of joy and pride on the faces of their parents."
Born and educated in Limerick, Ireland, Sir Terry's first broadcast role was as a newsreader announcer with Radio Telefis Eireann (the Irish National Radio and TV Service), after which he moved to light entertainment as a disc jockey and host of television quiz and variety shows.
Between 1969 and 2009 Sir Terry presented a number of radio shows for the BBC including Wogan, and Wake Up To Wogan. His extensive television credits include hosting Points of View, Wogan: Now and Then, and 35 years of The Eurovision Song Contest, as well as presenting BBC Children In Need and BBC Proms in the Park.
Sir Terry was knighted in 2005, and was created a Freeman of the City of Limerick in 2007 and a Freeman of the City of London in 2009. His numerous awards include the Sony Gold achievement Award, the Lifetime Achievement award at the Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, and the award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting by the Broadcasting Press.
Picture captions: Sir Terry Wogan received an Honorary Doctorate from Bucks New University in 2012.