BBC reporter George Alagiah returns to the studio after months of cancer treatment

The BBC’s George Alagiah on Thursday announced he would be back on News At Six and thrilled fans by returning to the set after his latest round of cancer treatment.

George Alagiah returns to BBC's News At Six
George Alagiah returns to BBC’s News At Six

George Alagiah returned to BBC News At Six on Thursday night after taking months off from cancer treatment.

The newsreader, 66, was delighted to be back on the small screen to watch news programming after discovering in October that he was dealing with a spreading illness.

He was first diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in April 2014 and discovered it had moved to his lungs and lymph nodes in 2020.

And he recently retired after being treated again following news of another spread of the disease.

But he took to Twitter on Thursday to inform his followers that he will be back on duty exactly eight years from his first diagnosis.

In an emotional message before returning, he wrote: “I will return to @BBCNews studio today after months of treatment.

George Alagiah was delighted to be back on BBC News At Six



“Pure coincidence – it’s been 8 years since I was told I have #bowelcancer stage 4. It’s great to be back with the News at Six team.”

He opened the news with the opening story of a £120m scheme that would bring migrant men to Rwanda in East Africa if they went to Britain “unofficially”.

He didn’t mention his diagnosis or treatment during the 30-minute period.

Many of George’s followers congratulated him on his successful return, including BBC News political editor Chris Mason, who tweeted: “Welcome back @BBCAlagiah!”

In January, George revealed his deep thoughts that cancer “probably will come eventually” despite battling the disease on a number of occasions.

He discussed living with the disease with former Downing Street communications director Craig Oliver.

“I don’t think I’m going to be able to get away with this,” George said.

“My doctor is very good at stabbing me every now and then with a big red bus full of drugs, because the point of cancer is that it found a way to get through and eventually it did. take you to.

George was first diagnosed with cancer in 2014


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“Perhaps… it will come to me eventually. I hope it’s a long time coming, but I’m very lucky.”

He went on to admit that it took him a long time to understand what he “needs to do” when he was first diagnosed.

Sri Lanka-born George first underwent 17 rounds of chemotherapy to treat terminal bowel cancer in 2014 before returning to work in 2015.

In 2017, he took an extended leave of absence again for further treatment.

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