Irish broadcaster Terry Wogan voted BBC's greatest radio presenter of past 50 years
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Irish broadcaster Terry Wogan voted BBC's greatest radio presenter of past 50 years

IRISH broadcaster Terry Wogan has been voted the BBC's greatest radio presenter of the past 50 years in a Radio Times poll.

The Limerick native, who passed away aged 77 in 2016, was chosen for the top spot by a panel of radio industry experts polled by the magazine.

Wogan first broadcast on the BBC in 1966 and went on the present the Radio 2 breakfast show for 28 years - across two stints.

Unlike many other BBC presenters, Wogan never went to university. Instead, he became a broadcaster by simply replying to an advertisement placed by RTÉ in a newspaper.

He worked with Ireland’s state broadcaster before moving to Britain, where over five decades he built a career as one of the country’s best-known faces and most recognised voices.

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Second place in the Radio Times poll went to Radio 1 favourite John Peel, who joined the station a month before it launched in 1967 and continued to broadcast on the network until his death in 2004.

The Today programme and Woman’s Hour’s Sue MacGregor took third place. With McGregor, who also began her career at the BBC in 1967, noted as the highest placed female voice and current presenter on the list.

Fourth place went to Radio 1’s longest serving DJ, Annie Nightingale, while Alistair Cooke of Letter from America fame came fifth.

The poll was compiled to mark 50 years since the launch of BBC Radio 1, and the creation of BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.

It asked leading radio broadcasters, industry figures and critics for their top 15 broadcasters of the last 50 years from which the names were then ranked.

Contributors included: former Heads of BBC radio, Jenny Abramsky and Helen Boaden, Ken Bruce, Paul Gambaccini, Bob Harris, Joh Humphrys, Shaun Keaveny, Bridget Kendall, Philip Pulman, Jenni Murray, Jeremy Vine, Steve Wright and Kirsty Young.

The Radio Times top 50 greatest BBC radio presenters:

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1. Terry Wogan

2. John Peel

3. Sue MacGregor

4. Annie Nightingale

5. Alistair Cooke

6.Kenny Everett

7. Jane Garvey

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8. Humphrey Lyttelton

9. Eddie Mair

10. Jenni Murray

11. Brian Redhead

12. Kirsty Young

13. John Humphrys

14. Melvin Bragg

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15. Danny Baker

16. James Naughtie

17. Fi Glover

18. Linda Smith

19. Nick Clarke

20. Tony Blackburn

21. Sue Lawley

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22. Paul Gambaccini

23. Corrie Corfield

24. Mark Radcliffe

25. Charlotte Green

26. Chris Evans

27. William Hardcastle

28. Mishal Husain

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29. Alan Coren

30. Brian Johnston

31. Nicholas Parsons

32. John Arlott

33 Libby Purves

34. Peter Jones

35. Victoria Derbyshire

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36. Steve Wright

37. Brian Matthews

38. Ken Bruce

39. Graham Norton

40. Patricia Hughes

41. Jeremy Vine

42. Peter Allen

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43. Chris Morris

44. Sandi Toksvig

45. Nicky Campbell

46. Johnnie Walker

47. Paul Merton

49. Carys Matthews

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50. Jimmy Young