"He was a master. An absolute master" - TV and radio stars pay tribute to Terry Wogan

Esther Rantzen recalled his popular breakfast show, saying "I cannot think of anyone that I'd rather wake up to"

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Television and radio personalities from both sides of the Irish Sea have been paying tribute to broadcaster Terry Wogan.

The Irish presenter has died aged 77 after a short battle with cancer.

Ryan Tubridy, who filled in for Terry on BBC radio on a number of occasions, spoke to Colette Fitzpatrick about a broadcaster he described as an 'intriguing and very kind man' who was 'brilliant at his job'.

Ryan said, "we did get to know each other over the last five years. He was a very, very funny man - emails would last one or two sentences you'd come away roaring laughing... He could be very British, but distinctly Irish. I don't know how he did that".

The Late Late Show host also observed, "I think he really enjoyed life... You should be having fun at work, you should have show presenting your radio show, because otherwise you're worrying yourself away. That's what he did brilliantly - he just enjoyed himself".

Marty Whelan presented the Eurovision song contest with Terry Wogan. Talking to The Sunday Show, Marty remembered his colleague.

"He did an awful lot for Ireland," he suggested. "Sometimes people forget when he broadcast on the BBC, in Ireland we were going through what are called the Troubles. He was able to create a career for himself in the UK when lesser mortals or broadcasters couldn't".

Also speaking on The Sunday Show, Terry's friend and fellow presenter Esther Rantzen shared her memories of the long-running BBC breakfast show Wake Up To Wogan.

"I cannot think of anyone that I'd rather wake up to," she said. "To have that warm, Irish voice in your ear, gently sending up the world that surrounds us all.

"He didn't take himself seriously. He allowed us not to take our own lives too seriously. And of course he'd got up lord knows how many hours early to drive in and give us this gentle, amusing start to the day".

George Hook, meanwhile, says "I'm only two years younger than him... but he gave me that instinct to say 'you can do it, and this is how you do it".

Countless other TV & radio stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to Terry Wogan: