John Peel, who discovered dozens of new bands during his long BBC career, was in second place.The beloved broadcaster released a cover of the classic early 20th century folk song in 1978 and saw it climb to Number 21 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart. He even performed it on Top Of The Pops at the time.
Sir Terry Wogan named greatest BBC radio presenter
Other notable names in the top 50 list include Chris Evans at number 26, Graham Norton at 39 and Sandi Toksvig at 44.
Sir Terry Wogan voted greatest BBC radio presenter of the last 50 years
Other popular presenters who made it into the Top 20 include Alistair Cooke at 5, current Woman’s Hour host Jane Garvey at 7 and Official Chart and Top of the Pops host Tony Blackburn at 20. View the full Top 20 below:
Sir Terry, born on the 3rd of August 1938, in Limerick, Ireland, began his broadcasting career after leaving college and a short spell in banking in Dublin, where the Wogan family had relocated when the young Tel was just 15.
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Radio 2’s Chris Evans came in 26th – despite topping the BBC’s list of the most highly paid staff – whilst Victoria Derbyshire sat at 35, Graham Norton at 39 and Bake Off presenter Sandi Toksvig at number 44.
The poll, conducted to mark 50 years since the launch of BBC Radio 1 and the creation of BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4, asked leading radio industry figures and critics to name their top 15 broadcasters.
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Terry Wogan has been posthumously voted the best BBC radio presenter of all time by his former colleagues.Already a MyToday user? Sign-in
Taking part in the poll were some of the organisation’s best known broadcasters and leading industry figures, including Ken Bruce, Paul Gambaccini, John Humphrys, Bridget Kendall, Philip Pullman, Will Self, Jeremy Vine, Steve Wright and Kirsty Young.Fill 1 The greatest of all time: Terry Wogan, who died in 2016 Credit: Andrew Crowley for The Telegraph Telegraph Reporters 26 September 2017 • 8:51am Terry Wogan has been voted the greatest BBC radio presenter of the last 50 years by a panel of experts.
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Wogan: A life in broadcast Radio Times conducted the poll to celebrate 50 years since the launch of BBC Radio. Broadcasters, critics and other industry figures, including John Humphrys, Jenni Murray and Steve Wright, were asked to name their top 15 BBC broadcasters.
topping a poll to mark the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Wogan, who died in January last year, first went out on the broadcaster's airwaves in 1966 before moving on to present the Radio 2 breakfast show for a total of 28 years, over two stints.