British journalist, George Alagiah reveals his bowel cancer has spread further and he will be taking a break from presenting BBC News At Six - Africaflavour 


British journalist, George Alagiah reveals his bowel cancer has spread further and he will be taking a break from presenting BBC News At Six - Africaflavour



British journalist, George Alagiah reveals his bowel cancer has spread further and he will be taking a break from presenting BBC News At Six - Africaflavour 

British journalist, George Alagiah has announced he is taking a break from presenting the BBC's News At Six because scans have shown his cancer has spread further.

 

The 66-year-old newsreader was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in 2014 and announced he was stepping back from his broadcasting work in October last year, but then returned to BBC News At Six in April.


Now the presenter says it's 'back to some tough stuff' - but he is looking forward to returning to the studio as soon as he can. 

 

Mr Alagiah said: 'A recent scan showed that my cancer has spread further so it's back to some tough stuff.


'I'm missing my colleagues. Working in the newsroom has been such an important part of keeping energised and motivated.

 

'I look forward to being back in that studio as soon as I can.'

 

The news was confirmed by his agent Mary Greenham.

 

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

 

He returned to presenting in 2015 after making progress against the disease. Sadly, his cancer then returned in December 2017 and he underwent further treatment before again returning to work.