Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Sir Terry reveals 'difficult' times

Sir Terry Wogan will feature on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs

Sir Terry Wogan has revealed how "difficult" he found it appearing on radio at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The Limerick-born broadcaster even had a parcel bomb sent to him at Broadcasting House.

He told Kirsty Young on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs that his producer had picked the parcel up without realising what it was.

He said: "The thing was, whoever sent in the bomb with my name on it cannot have been much of a fan because I was on holiday."

The veteran broadcaster said he had "never apologised" for his nationality.

He said: "What was being done was not being done in my name. It was very difficult, I was very conscious, for instance, you'd come up a cheery morning voice after some horrific bomb incident."

Sir Terry, who presented the Radio 2 Breakfast Show for 27 years until he hung up his headphones in 2009, admitted he missed his old show but said it was best not to "outstay your welcome".

The star, who currently presents a weekend show on the station, said he would eventually retire altogether. He said: "I'll fold my tent up silently and steal away one of these days."

:: Hear the full interview on Radio 4 at 11.15am.

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