The United Kingdom’s Eurovision commentator for 34 contest, Sir Terry Wogan has passed away at the age of 77.
The broadcaster who was famous across the United Kingdom, Ireland and around the world for his TV shows and radio show passed away after a short battle with cancer aged 77. Terry Wogan was the voice of the Eurovision Song Contest on radio first in 1971 and then 1974-1977. He took over as the television commentator in 1973 and then 1978 before returning to the commentary booth in 1980 a role he would stay in until 2008.
Wogan was the voice of the Eurovision Song Contest not only in the United Kingdom but also in Australia where SBS broadcast the BBC coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest for their viewers. Terry Wogan became known to viewers across the world in 1998 when Birmingham hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, that he he and Ulrika Johnson presented the show. Terry had a booth behind the stage so that he could still commentate the show while also presenting.
By the end of his time as the United Kingdom’s Eurovision commentator in 2008 he was beginning to face criticism for his style of commentary. Terry Wogan shaped the views of an entire generation of viewers as to what the Eurovision is and not always positive. By December 2008 Wogan had decided to leave the commentary booth saying the contest was no longer a song contest.