The news about Sir Terry Wogan at the weekend stirred up nostalgia and sorrow for those of us who grew up with him on both TV and Radio.

What made him so very charming was the sense that we were hearing from someone genuine. He showed us the range of character, from his compassion with Children in Need through to his off beat humour with the Floral Dance. It is rare for anyone in the public eye to feel so coherently authentic and likeable. He managed to be kind and likeable without any nauseating saccharine. 

The media today is full of touching stories of how Sir Terry Wogan repeatedly went out of his way to help people, how wonderful to be remembered for such generosity and warmth. 

Authenticity isn't something that comes naturally to everyone. But it was at the heart of a great communicator, a national treasure who will be missed.