George Alagiah’s agent has confirmed the news that the presenter will be taking a break from TV after his stage four bowel cancer has spread since he was first diagnosed in 2014
BBC newsreader George Alagiah has taken a break from presenting following “a further spread of cancer”, his agent confirmed.
The 65-year-old journalist was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 where it later spread to his liver and lymph nodes.
After hosting the BBC News At Six for more than a decade, it’s fair to say the presenter will be sorely missed but he has reassured viewers that he is “determined to come back.”
In a statement from Alagiah’s agent, George announced he “is to take a break from studio duties to deal with a further spread of cancer.”
She said: “He was first diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in April 2014.
“In a letter to colleagues in the newsroom Mr Alagiah said his medical team had decided to hit the new tumour ‘hard and fast’.
“He is due to undergo a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the next few months.
“He added that working on the programme ‘has kept me sane over the last few years’ and ‘I’m determined to come back’.”
The dad-of-two underwent 17 rounds of chemotherapy when he was first diagnosed and returned to his presenting duties in 2015 after he had made significant progress against the disease.
But the cancer returned just two years later, and the presenter underwent further treatment before he returned to the newsroom once again.
Last year, the Sri Lanka-born star went on to test positive for the virus, and when he recovered from the illness he decided to remain at home during the peak of the outbreak following the advice from his doctors and colleagues.
The popular newsreader initially kept the development of his cancer a secret, and only told his editor in the early days of his illness.
Looking back on the life-changing moment, he recalled: “I said to my doctor, ‘You’re going to have to do the worrying for me’.
“I don’t want to fill my mind with worry. I just know that he’s a clever guy, doing everything he can.”
Since the news was announced, George has received a wave of supportive comments online from doting fans who have wished him the best as he continues to fight the dangerous disease.
One user wrote: “@georgealagiah You can beat. Brinkwire presents summary news.