‘Look who’s back!’ BBC’s George Alagiah presents News At Six for the first time in more than a year after taking time off to battle cancerGeorge Alagiah to return to TV tonight following a year out for cancer treatmentThe BBC News At Six anchor was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014He was given all clear…
‘Look who’s back!’ BBC’s George Alagiah presents News At Six for the first time in more than a year after taking time off to battle cancer
- George Alagiah to return to TV tonight following a year out for cancer treatment
- The BBC News At Six anchor was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014
- He was given all clear in November 2015 – but it returned in January last year
- In a tweet he said that ‘cancer is in a holding pattern so its back to work’
BBC’s George Alagiah presented News at Six for the first time in more than a year this evening after taking time off to battle cancer.
Earlier today the news anchor was pictured with smiling staff a year after he was given the devastating diagnosis that his bowel cancer had come back.
This evening, a bearded Alagiah, returned to the newsroom to present News at Six- with social media users thrilled to see him back on their screens.
BBC presenter George Alagiah back at BBC News at Six this evening. A year after he was given the devastating diagnosis his bowel cancer had returned
The BBC’s George Alagiah presents the lead news item on the News at Six this evening, much to the joy of his colleagues and social media users
On Twitter, one social media said: ‘#bb1 Welcome back dear Geroge Alagiah. Hooray for you. #georgealagiah.’
Another user was happy to see him back and commented on his new appearance, they said: ‘Great to see @georgealagiah back leading BBC news. Love the new look!’
And one more said she was thrilled her ‘favourite newsreader’ was back.
Alagiah, 63, was first diagnosed with the condition in 2014, and was given the all clear in 2015 – but he has spent the last 12 months receiving medical treatment.
Presenter Sophie Raworth confirmed that Alagiah would be making a return to the news programme tonight and posted this picture of him back in the newsroom
Chris Cook, another BBC colleague, posted a picture of Alagiah back in the newsroom. They wrote: ‘Look who’s back in the newsroom’
BBC News at 6 programme editor Jonathan Whitaker later shared a photo of Alagiah ‘back in the hot seat’ ahead of the 6pm broadcast
Presenter Sophie Raworth confirmed that Alagiah would be making a return to the news programme tonight, and jubilant colleagues posted pictures of a smiling Alagiah as he prepared for tonight’s bulletin.
Raworth said at the end of yesterday’s broadcast: ‘Tomorrow, George Alagiah will be here, so do join him at 6.’
Today she posted a tweet showing Alagiah back in the newsroom, writing: ‘Back with a beard. We are delighted to have you back tonight…at 6 on BBC1. Be there.’
Alagiah replied: ‘@sophieraworth there goes my hopes of slipping back into the studio unnoticed!
‘Thanks to all for good wishes. We’ve got the cancer in a holding pattern so it’s back to work with colleagues I respect and the viewers who make it worthwhile. #BBCNewsSix
Alagiah replied to Sophie Raworth’s tweet saying how he had got cancer ‘in a holding pattern’
The BBC News At Six anchor was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014, and was given the all clear in November 2015. But the broadcaster had to undergo more treatment after the disease returned in January last year
BBC News at 6 programme editor Jonathan Whitaker later shared a photo of Alagiah ‘back in the hot seat’ ahead of the 6pm broadcast.
A spokesman for the BBC said: ‘Everyone at the BBC is delighted to see George back in the studio where he belongs.’
Speaking last year when he learned the bowel cancer had returned, he said it had been ‘harder for his family.’
He said: ‘My brilliant doctors are determined to get me back to a disease-free state and I know they have the skill to do just that.
‘I learned last time around how important the support of family and friends is and I am blessed in that department.
The 63-year-old presenter (pictured with his wife Frances, left) was previously diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014
‘I genuinely feel positive as I prepare for this new challenge.’
He added: ‘Always knew cancer could come back but still tough dealing with disappointment.
BOWEL CANCER: THE FACTS
Bowel cancer is also called colorectal cancer. It affects the large bowel, which is made up of the colon and rectum.
The cells in your body normally divide and grow in a controlled way. When cancer develops, the cells change and can grow in an uncontrolled way.
Most bowel cancers develop from pre-cancerous growths, called polyps. But not all polyps develop into cancer.
If your doctor finds any polyps, he or she can remove them to prevent them becoming cancerous.
Cancer cells may stay in the bowel or they might spread to other parts of the body, like the liver or lungs.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, after breast, prostate and lung cancers.
Over 41,200 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK. Nine in ten cases are over the age of 50.
Bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if it’s diagnosed early. There is only a small chance that bowel cancer will come back after five years.
Almost 16,000 people die from bowel cancer in the UK every year. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK, behind lung cancer.
Source: Bowel Cancer UK
‘Harder for my family. I know what I have to do: stay calm, stay content, stay fit and let doctors do their best.’
The Sri Lanka-born presenter was diagnosed with the disease, which had spread to his liver and lymph nodes, in April 2014.
He had noticed blood in his stools and, after a colonoscopy, a tumour was discovered on his bowel.
MRI scans later detected eight tumours in his liver.
In 2016, Alagiah said he was a ‘richer person’ for the experience, which saw him undergo several rounds of chemotherapy and three major operations, one of which included the removal of most of his liver.
He told the Telegraph: ‘I realised I wouldn’t give back a single day of the previous year’s experience. I am a richer person for it.’
He added: ‘I wasn’t afraid of dying. I just wanted to get on with treatment.’
In February 2016, Mr Alagiah joined three BBC colleagues for a ‘Survivors’ Lunch’ after beating the cancer.
Mr Alagiah, who previously worked as a foreign correspondent, covering civil wars in Somalia and Liberia as well as the Rwandan genocide in 1994, was made an OBE in the 2008 New Year’s Honours.
He has been the face of News At Six since 2007.
He has been married to Frances Robathan, who works for the Fairtrade Foundations, for 33 years.
They met while at Durham University and have two adult children Adam, 30, and Matt, 26.
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