Details are being kept private out of respect for Wogan's family
The BBC have announced today (February 5) that Terry Wogan’s funeral is to take place next week, however details of the event are to be kept private out of respect for the broadcaster’s privacy.
The Limerick-born broadcaster was known for his colourful radio shows and witty commentary of the Eurovision song contest, as well as his chat show ‘Wogan’. He died of cancer at the age of 77 on January 31.
The BBC’s short statement on the funeral arrangements read:
“Sir Terry Wogan’s funeral will take place next week. It will be a private service, for the family. No further details will be released, and we ask that the family’s wish for privacy is respected at this time.”
An earlier statement by Wogan’s family announcing his passing also asked for privacy, saying:
“He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”
Wogan spent the majority of his fifty-year broadcasting career at the BBC.
BBC director general Tony Hall said of Wogan “Terry truly was a national treasure.”
“He was a lovely, lovely man and our thoughts are with his wife and family. For 50 years Sir Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was a part of the family,” he added.
Prime Minister David Cameron also paid tribute to the broadcaster. He said, “My thoughts are with Terry Wogan’s family. Britain has lost a huge talent – someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.”
He added, “I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on TV. His charm and wit always made me smile.”