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BBC presenter steps down after cancer spreads

BBC presenter, George Alagiah will be taking a break from TV after discovering his cancer has spread further, his agent has said.

He was first diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in 2014 and has stepped back from presenting intermittently for treatment since then.

The journalist, 66, returned to the BBC’s News at Six in April.

Working in the newsroom “has been such an important part of keeping energized and motivated”, said Alagiah.

In a statement, he said “it’s back to the tough stuff” after a scan showed his cancer had spread further.

“I’m missing my colleagues”, he said, adding that he was looking forward to returning to the studio “as soon as I can”.

The news was confirmed by his agent, Mary Greenhead.

Speaking on the podcast “Desperately Seeking Wisdom” he said that when his cancer was first diagnosed, it took a while for him to know what he needed to do.

According to BBC, Alagiah underwent 17 rounds of chemotherapy to treat his advanced bowel cancer in 2014 and said he was a “richer person” for it upon returning to presenting the following year.

Alagiah has worked as a BBC News foreign correspondent and specialist on Africa and the developing world, covering events including the Rwandan genocide and interviewing Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor