BBC newsreader Jane Hill reveals her battle with breast cancer

BBC newsreader Jane Hill revealed her six month battle with breast cancer as she returned to work today after six months – and joked she couldn’t get into the building as her pass had been cancelled

  • BBC newsreader Jane Hill, 49, went back to work today after six months off air
  • She revealed she had been battling breast cancer and thanked the NHS for care
  • Jane tweeted she was ‘overwhelmed by so many lovely back-to-work messages’ 

A BBC newsreader has revealed the reason she has been off air for six months is because she was battling breast cancer.

Jane Hill, 49, who lives in London, went back to the newsroom and presented BBC1’s lunchtime news for the first time since November today.

Taking to Twitter to announce her return, Jane thanked the NHS for treating her and made a joke about her pass not working when she tried to get into the building.

The reason for Jane’s absence from the screen had not previously been known.

Jane Hill, pictured on BBC news today, has revealed that the reason she has not been on air for six months is because she has been treated for breast cancer

Jane revealed that she had been treated for breast cancer on Twitter after presenting the news today for the first time in six months

Just before 11.30am today she tweeted: ‘Big day today. On air for the first time since November. 

‘Still… 6 months out of the newsroom… that’s been plenty of time to sort #Brexit, right…? See you for @bbcnews at One.’

The newsreader then quickly followed up with another tweet, and joked: ‘Oh, and in true #W1A style, my pass had been cancelled and I couldn’t get into the building. #welcomeback’

After reading the news for the first time in months, Jane said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the support and ‘lovely’ messages she had received.

The newsreader tweeted this morning to reveal that she was coming back to our screens today

Jane joked that her pass wouldn’t work when she got to the building after six months away

Jane was on the news for the first time since November today, pictured, and reported on the British Steel story

She said: ‘Overwhelmed by so many lovely back-to-work messages. I just want to say that my return wouldn’t have been possible without our NHS. 

‘Sending love & thanks to the numerous #NHSuk staff who spotted my breast cancer, treated it, and continue to look after me. Thank you all.’

Dozens of people have replied to Jane’s tweet with some saying they had ‘no idea’ that the newsreader was battling cancer.

Author Emma Kennedy said: ‘Oh Jane! I had no idea. I’m so sorry. But very glad you’re on the mend.’

Jane, pictured at the Attitude Magazine Awards in 2015, conducted the first televised interview with Kate and Gerry McCann following the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine in 2007

The newsreader, pictured in 2015, is married to camera operator Sara Shepherd and lives in north London

Jane, pictured with Matthew Amroliwala, joined the BBC full time in 1991 and returned to work presenting BBC1’s News at One today

Actor Sanjeev Bhaskar said: ‘Great to have you back Jane and that you’re feeling better. You haven’t missed much, nothing’s changed.’

While Chris Cook said: ‘And it was a faultless return. Sure footed and excellent as ever. The love is deserved.’

Sue Reeve also responded and said: ‘So sorry to hear you have had to go through this Jane. Our fab #NHS are lifesavers.

‘You are looking really good having had all that on your plate. I’m sure your candour disclosing your cancer diagnosis will provide comfort and confidence to many. You’ve got this!’ 

Dozens of people responded to Jane’s tweet and sent their well-wishes to the newsreader

Many fans of the newsreader took to social media to welcome her back following her illness

Jane joined the BBC full-time at the end of 1991 and has been presenting the lunch-time news since 2003. 

During her career Jane has covered several major events and in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks she reported from Washington DC.

She also broadcasted for a eight hours straight on the BBC news in December 2003 on the day the US Special Forces captured Saddam Hussein.

Jane also conducted the first televised interview with Kate and Gerry McCann following the disappearance their daughter Madeleine from Praia da Luz in 2007. 

She is married to camera operator Sara Shepherd and revealed she was gay in the BBC’s in-house Ariel magazine in 2009.  

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