BBC’s George Alagiah to take TV hiatus after cancer spreads | Georges alagiah


Presenter George Alagiah is due to take a break from his duties as a BBC presenter as he faces “further spread of cancer”, his agent said.

The TV reporter, 65, was first diagnosed with the disease in 2014 and again in 2017.

Alagiah had returned to television on BBC News at Six after his previous treatment.

But a statement from Alagiah’s agent said he needed to “take a break from his studio duties to deal with further spread of cancer.”

She added: “He was first diagnosed with stage 4 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 tumor “hard and fast”.

“He is due to undergo a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy over the next few months.

“He added that working on the program” has kept me sane over the past few years “and” I am determined to come back. “

Alagiah underwent 17 rounds of chemotherapy to treat his advanced bowel cancer in 2014. He resumed his role as presenter in 2015 after making strides against the disease, and said he was a “wealthier person” for that.

His cancer reappeared in December 2017, and the presenter underwent additional treatment before returning to work.

Last year, he tested positive for the coronavirus after deciding not to appear in the studio again during the outbreak on the advice of doctors and colleagues.


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