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Wogan labels newsreading 'easy'

Sir Terry Wogan
More than eight million people listen to Sir Terry on the radio

Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has taken aim at "self-important" newsreaders, who he says have "the easiest job in the media".

The BBC Radio 2 breakfast show host made the comments in his forthcoming book, Where Was I?! The World According To Terry Wogan.

"Newsreading is not something to get self-important about," he said.

The star was referring to an unnamed journalist who refused to sit in the same studio as his co-presenter.

"Why your man left in such a huff is a mystery. It's a piece of cake, the easiest job in the media," Sir Terry, 71, said.

And before you start with the 'fair play old boy, there's more to it than that', I was a radio and TV newsreader and there isn't
Sir Terry Wogan

"Get your good suit and tie on, a quick dab in make-up (in Fiona Bruce's case, the lippy is going to take a tad longer), make yourself comfy and here comes the six o'clock news, all written nicely and clearly before your very eyes.

"Read it clearly and distinctly, ask the reporter the questions you have written down in front of you."

Sir Terry, who attracts more than eight million people to his radio show, said he knows exactly what the job entails because he has done it himself.

"And before you start with the 'fair play old boy, there's more to it than that', I was a radio and TV newsreader and there isn't."

The book will be published on 9 September.

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