Wogan – the end of an era

It seems to me that Terry Wogan achieved the almost impossible in his BBC career.

He – along with his morning show – actually got better as he got older and how many broadcasters can you say that about?

He surely went out with a bang this morning and getting references to ‘golden showers’ into the last Janet and John story was a stroke of subversive genius.

In fact, that sums up the guy very well – subversive.

When Wossy and Russell get turfed off the airwaves for allowing the word ‘fuck‘ to be said on air – in a pre-recorded show – Wogan stayed broadcasting because he was far cleverer than that. He allowed the listener to fill in the ‘fucks’ for themselves. So, this morning – live and without any interference from the BBC Trust – he left the right gaps so that I and other listeners could ‘say’ ‘fuckers‘ for him.

Furthermore, Wogan wasn’t afraid to upset his bosses at the BBC by speaking out on various matters such as the Urinevision Song Contest and kushy jobs at the Corporation.

Then, there was the unfortunate trousers incident

I’ll come clean now and say that I wasn’t one of Wogan’s most regular listeners, but if he was on and I was up early enough, I’d tune in and listen avidly. I usually did this whilst driving and I’m sure I wasn’t the only motorist who nearly went off the road when fictional correspondents like ‘General Mafeking-Headhurts’ were quoted.

As Ken Bruce said straight after the last minute of Wogan’s final morning show, we will never see his like again.

Thank you, Terry, for some genuinely funny moments and top quality entertainment.

Some days you just can’t win

Edward Stourton – co-host of BBC Radio 4’s excellent ‘Today’ programme – has been sacked.

He first heard about the decision from a fellow journalist – the news was leaked well before the BBC would have preferred – and he has apparently lost the job due to his unwillingness to indulge in idle banter with his colleagues during the programme.

I’m assuming they’re referring to the sort of banter you hear on Radio 2 in the Steve Wright and Wogan shows.

I actually like both those shows but it’s not the same sort of radio show, is it?

It’s not a double entendre and factoid laden romp with your posse but a serious early morning news programme.

So, Jonathan Ross gets suspended for 12 weeks for saying ‘fuck’ but Stourton gets sacked for saying fuck all.

The BBC denies any accusations of ‘dumbing down’ but, in this instance at least, they’re almost certainly being lying bastards.