BBC newsreader Jane Hill reveals she's 'two years clear of cancer'

BBC newsreader Jane Hill, 51, reveals she’s ‘officially two years clear of cancer’, after undergoing a secret mastectomy in 2018 – saying she’s now ready to ‘open the Champagne’

  • Broadcaster, 51, had breast removed in November 2018 and took six months away from her role as a BBC newsreader   
  • On Monday, she revealed doctors had told her the ‘scariest part’ of her illness is now over, two years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer  
  • Hill, who’s married to wife Sara Shepherd, said she would be cracking open a bottle of Champagne this weekend after getting the all clear 

BBC newsreader Jane Hill has revealed she has been declared free of breast cancer, two years after she was diagnosed with the disease. 

The presenter told her followers on Twitter that she was celebrating with an ‘alcohol-free beer’ after being told by her doctors that ‘the scariest period’ of her illness had ended.  

Jane, who joined the BBC full-time at the end of 1991 and has been a regular news host since 2003, underwent a mastectomy in November 2018 and didn’t talk openly about her illness until the following year. 

In a tweet on Monday, Jane told her 31,000 followers: ‘Today I am officially two years clear of #cancer, described to me by medics as “the scariest period”. I feel so lucky I didn’t have to have my operation in #covid times.’ 

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News broadcaster Jane Hill, pictured in 2019 following her return to BBC News following a breast cancer diagnosis, told her Twitter followers this week that she’s now ‘officially clear of cancer’ 

She told followers she would celebrate the good news about her health with an ‘an extra large can of alcohol free beer!’ and Champagne this weekend

The broadcaster added that she was celebrating with ‘an extra large can of alcohol free beer!’ and hoped to crack open the Champagne bought by colleague Matthew Amroliwala on the final day of her radiotherapy treatment.

She wrote: This weekend I hope to celebrate properly, and finally open the fabulous bottle of champagne given to me by the equally fabulous @AmroliwalaBBC on my last day of radiotherapy in 2019.’

In August 2019, Hill told ITV’s Lorraine she had decided against reconstruction surgery. The journalist also said that had been dealt a double blow when her long-term partner Sarah Shepherd’s mother was also diagnosed with cancer in the same month.

She told Christine Lampard on the show: ‘I left work at the end of November. You just don’t know how it’s going to go. You hope the operation is going to go well.’ 

Jane pictured with wife Sara Shepherd, who she married in 2011. Sara’s mother was diagnosed with cancer the same month as Jane (The couple pictured together in 2013)

Jane, pictured with Matthew Amroliwala, who bought her the Champagne she says she plans to enjoy this weekend on the last day of her radiotherapy in 2019

‘My surgeon was amazing. On the day of my diagnosis what she made me do was walk away thinking about all the positives in my case.

‘I was super lucky, Christine. I didn’t want to start talking about it on social media in case there was hiccup. It wasn’t right for me for me to do updates.’  

On her return to work last year, Jane joked on social media that her BBC pass no longer worked when she tried to get into the building. 

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

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 at the time she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the support and ‘lovely’ messages she had received.

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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