Sir Terry Wogan has insisted he won’t be taking a fee for this year’s Children In Need.

The Irish broadcaster, who has fronted the charity extravaganza since 1980, says he will waver any payment for the show.

“I found that I was being paid for something that I didn’t know I was being paid for… I never asked to be paid, so as soon as the papers jumped on this I jumped off it,” he said.

The Radio 2 presenter continued: “You know it’s nonsense. Well, I raise on my own thousands of pounds for Children In Need every year, I spend an awful lot of my own money travelling back and forward to do that so you know and give an awful lot of my time. So we can forget the fee thing.”

The 71-year-old spoke in London as he helped to launch Pudsey jam, in association with Baxters, who will donate 50p from the sale of every pot.

“We need every penny this year because this is a tough year for charity, for everybody. But as I say I have every hope that the British public are gonna rise to the occasion as they always do for Children In Need – it’s fantastic.”