Newsreaders have ‘the easiest job in the media’, according to Sir Terry Wogan.

The BBC Radio 2 breakfast show host laid into huffy ‘self important’ presenters whose job, he says, is ‘a piece of cake’.

Sir Terry, who has an audience of nearly eight million for his radio show, blasted the profession in his forthcoming book Where Was I?! The World According To Terry Wogan.

In the book, to be published on September 9, the 71-year-old star referred to an incident in which a journalist stormed out of a studio because he did not want to be in the same newsroom as his co-presenter. He speculated that the journalist was upset because his co-host was associated with make-over shows rather than hard news.

“Why your man left in such a huff is a mystery,” Sir Terry said. “News reading is not something to get self-important or petulant about, it’s a piece of cake, the easiest job in the media.

“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.

He continued: “Read it clearly and distinctly, ask the reporter the questions you have written down in front of you and there!”

Sir Terry concluded: “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.”