Terry Wogan has played down reports that he is paid more than £1,000 an hour to host the Children In Need TV fundraiser – he says it comes from the BBC and not Children in Need.

According to documents released earlier this month, the 68-year-old receives £1,300 an hour to host the annual BBC event. He said: “I’ve been away on holiday. I’ve been ignoring this – it’s beneath contempt. I’ve been doing this show for 28 years and I’ve never taken anything. It all goes straight to the children.

“This has got nothing to do with Children In Need, the BBC pay it.”

Sir Terry was speaking at the Oldie of the Year awards in central London. The presenter, who was hosting the event, said: “I’m sure I’ll say the same thing as I say every year, but hope they won’t remember.

“It’s the same old crowd every year, and it’s always fun. Most of the people may be older, but they’ve still got a snap in their celery.”

Among this year’s winners was veteran actor Leslie Phillips, who was awarded Trouper of the Year. He was presented with his honour by his Venus co-star and close friend Peter O’Toole.

Actress Liz Smith, best known for as Nan in The Royle Family, was crowned Royle of the Year