OGAE UK is very sad to learn of the passing of former Eurovision host Katie Boyle, at the age of 91.
She of course hosted the contest four times – in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1974, the latter of which was the Brighton Dome, where Abba stormed to victory, and where this year’s Eurovision You Decide took place.
In later years she claimed that the dress she wore in 1974 was of such a nature that she was unable to wear any undergarments.
As well as hosting the contest, she also appeared in a number of Eurovision-related documentaries and quiz shows over the years.
She hosted a Radio 2 programme, Katie and Friends, and wrote an agony column for the TV Times for nearly twenty years.
Following the death of her second husband, she married the theatre impresario Sir Peter Saunders, who had been responsible for the world’s longest-running play, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.
Aside from her TV duties, she was also a huge animal lover, being a dedicated supporter of many animal charities.
The thoughts of all of us at OGAE UK are with her family and friends – a full tribute will appear in the next edition of Vision magazine.