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BBC Children in Need: Dermot O'Leary to replace Sir Terry Wogan as presenter

Dermot O'Leary is to replace Sir Terry Wogan on tonight's Children in Need.

The 77-year-old confirmed he would miss the "wonderful, inspiring evening" for the first time after hosting the annual event every year since it began in 1980.

The Radio 2 star is having a procedure on his back and has been told by doctors he cannot present a six-and-a-half-hour show, a BBC spokesman said.

Sir Terry said: "The British public, as always, will dig deep in their pockets and purses to help the country's disadvantaged children, knowing that every penny will go to those who need it most."

It has been confirmed that the former X Factor host O'Leary has been drafted in to replace Sir Terry.

The show begins at 7.30pm on BBC1.

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