Friday 11th December 2009
SIR TERRY WOGAN INDUCTED INTO
RADIO ACADEMY HALL OF FAME
For Immediate Release
Legendary broadcaster and BBC Radio 2 breakfast stalwart Sir Terry Wogan has today been inducted into the PRS for Music Radio Academy Hall of Fame.
At a ceremony in central London Sir Terry accepted the award and also picked up the PRS for Music John Peel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio. With tributes given by the likes of Chris Moyles, Tony Blackburn, Neil Fox, John Humphrys and breakfast show replacement Chris Evans, Sir Terry Wogan accepted the award from songwriter and Take That star Gary Barlow. The Hall of Fame is the UK radio industry's tribute to those legendary voices who make, and have made, an outstanding contribution to the sound of British radio and to British cultural life. Past inductees include Kenny Everett, Arthur Askey, The Goons, Tony Blackburn and Alistair Cooke.
Accepting the award Sir Terry Wogan told the assembled radio industry audience “The public may have mistaken longevity for merit! However if you hang around long enough, a proportion of the British public will hold you in affection.”
On departing from the Radio 2 Breakfast Show after 27 years he added “I don't particularly want to go but I think it's the right time.”
Chris Evans who handed over his award and takes over at Radio 2 said "I don't know what he does on his show but it's bloody brilliant". He went on to describe Sir Terry as a “perfect broadcaster” saying “he just knows what to do”.
Andrew Shaw, Managing Director Broadcast, Online & Recorded Media PRS for Music said ”I can’t think of a better broadcaster to enter the Hall of Fame. His work and long career has given pleasure to many and we’re honoured that PRS for Music could be part of this”.
Trevor Dann Chief Executive, The Radio Academy added: “Sir Terry follows in the footsteps of some of this country’s most notable radio broadcasters. The Hall of Fame salutes those who have contributed so much to this country’s fine radio industry”.
PRS for Music has sponsored the Radio Academy Hall of Fame for the last 2 years and licenses its 65,000 members music to all UK radio stations.
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Barney Hooper, Head of PR:
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PRS for Music:
PRS for Music is the leading copyright and royalty collection society representing 65,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. A not-for-profit organisation it ensures music creators are paid whenever their music is played.
PRS for Music provides business and community groups easy access to 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth £3.6bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and can provide data for all aspects of the business: live, broadcast, sales, online, touring and music creation and up to date analysis, research and trends about the industry.