BBC's George Alagiah thanks fans as he returns to newsroom

BBC News host George Alagiah has thanked fans for their support after his first appearance in the newsroom after having chemotherapy recently.

The presenter has been taking some time away amid his cancer battle, but has now said he feels ‘well enough to do what he enjoys.’

Taking to Twitter, the 64-year-old wrote: ‘Thank you everyone for lovely messages after my first newsroom appearance in a couple of months.

‘The chemo was tough so all the sweeter to feel well enough now to do what I enjoy.’

Fans have been quick to support him, with one writing: ‘Welcome back, George! Wishing you all the best.’

‘Always great to see such a trusted and authoritative broadcaster on screen, George. Wish you and yours the absolute best,’ another added.

One more told him: ‘Lovely to see you back.’

The BBC newsreader was first diagnosed with bowel cancer several years ago, with the cancer having now spread throughout his body, and is present in his lungs as well as his lymph nodes and liver.

He previously spoke with Nihal Arthanayake and BBC Radio 5 Live, insisting that he refuses to spend his time worrying.

The father-of-two said in June: ‘I saw some of the headlines actually about it and thought “oh my god, are they talking about me?” I thought it was time to start ordering the white lilies.

‘I take my cue from my doctors and they don’t look scared to me.’

He added: ‘I’ve known them now for six years… In fact, I said to one of them a couple of years ago, that he better do the worrying for me, because I can’t deal with that.

‘I’m not going to spend the time I’ve got worrying. I want to spend the time I’ve got living and doing the things I want to do and enjoying my family and friends.’

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