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George Alagiah returns to BBC News At Six after ‘months of treatment’ for bowel cancer UK News

George Alagiah returned to BBC News At Six on Thursday April 14 after “months of treatment”.

It was in October last year that the 66-year-old newsreader announced he would be taking a break from presenting.

He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 and his agent said at the time that he was facing further spread of the disease.

On Thursday afternoon, Alagiah tweeted, “I’ll be back in the @BBCNews studio today after months of treatment.

“Pure coincidence – it’s been 8 years to the day since I was told I had stage 4 bowel cancer.

“So good to be with the News at Six team again.”

Incoming BBC News political editor Chris Mason was among those who welcomed his return.

He tweeted: “Welcome @BBCAlagiah!”

Former BBC News science editor David Shukman added: “Really delighted to have the wonderful @BBCAlagiah back on our screens tonight. George, best wishes.

Alagiah, born in Sri Lanka, underwent 17 rounds of chemotherapy to treat his advanced bowel cancer in 2014.

He returned to presenting duties in 2015 after making progress with the disease, and said he was a “richer person” for it.

His cancer returned in December 2017 and the presenter underwent further treatment before returning to work.

In 2020, he tested positive for coronavirus after deciding not to appear in the studio again during the outbreak following advice from doctors and colleagues.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-14 17:07:58

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