Sir Terry Wogan has reportedly turned down his usual fee for hosting the BBC Children In Need TV fundraiser.

Last year, Sir Terry found himself involved in a controversial debate over the morality of his being paid for the job while everyone gave up their time free to the event.

But the Daily Mirror reports that Sir Terry won’t receive his usual £9,065 fee this year.

The veteran of 26 years of hosting Children In Need said: “I’ve never asked for a fee and would happily do it for nothing.

“If I knew such a ridiculous thing was going to come out of it I wouldn’t have taken the money in the first place.”

BBC bosses paid the ‘nominal’ sum for the first show in 1980 and it has risen with inflation.

An insider said: “Terry just wasn’t aware he was being paid and others weren’t. He wanted to give up his fee.”

He will co-host the BBC1 appeal with Fearne Cotton. Acts include the Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue and the cast of Joseph.

Children In Need screens from 7pm on BBC1 on Friday.