Heartbreak for BBC newsreader as she reveals cancer battle

BBC newsreader Jane Hill has told of her battle with breast cancer after returning to work.

Ms Hill had been absent from TV screens for six months, but she presented the News at One programme and afterwards revealed she had been undergoing treatment.

She thanked the NHS and joked at having her BBC pass cancelled.

“Overwhelmed by so many lovely back-to-work messages,” she tweeted.

Colleagues and actors offered messages of support to her online. Sanjeev Bhaskar wrote: “Great to have you back Jane and that you’re feeling better. You haven’t missed much, nothing’s changed.”

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

“I just want to say that my return wouldn’t have been possible without our NHS,” Ms Hill said.

“Sending love & thanks to the numerous @NHSuk staff who spotted my breast cancer, treated it, and continue to look after me.

“Thank you all.”

It was her first appearance on air since November last year.

Ms Hill also joked that her time away should have been “plenty of time” for the Brexit impasse to be resolved.

Her return was also hailed by BBC colleagues including Radio 4 Today presenter Mishal Hussain and political correspondent Chris Mason.

Ms Hill has been a lunchtime news presenter with the BBC since 2003, after joining at the end of 1991.

She broadcast for eight hours in 2003 when Saddam Hussein was captured by US Special Forces and was the first person to interview Kate and Gerry McCann on television, following the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine from Praia da Luz in 2007.