Mark Radcliffe to receive cancer treatment

BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music presenter Mark Radcliffe has told listeners he’s to take time off air while he is treated for cancer.

He made the announcement during his Radio 2 Folk Show on Wednesday night, and also shared the news on Twitter. He said: “Now – here’s a thing – I’m sad to say that I’ve got some cancerous tongue and lymph node issues and so, as I’m sure you’ll understand, I’m going to be disappearing for a while. It’s all been caught very early and so everything should be fine.

“All being well I’ll be back in action in the new year – or sooner if I feel well enough – but I will be back – you can depend on it – I just can’t say exactly when that will be. So you won’t hear from me for a while now and therefore…well…..Merry Christmas I guess. Life eh?”

Mark has been at Radio 2 since 2004, having previously worked for Radio 1 and Radio 5.

A BBC spokesman said: “Everyone at Radio 2 and 6 Music wishes Mark well and we look forward to welcoming him back when he’s ready.”

Ricky Ross will present the Radio 2 Folk Show for the next few weeks. Mark and his 6 Music co-presenter Stuart Maconie are due to move to the weekend breakfast show as part of schedule changes from early 2019.

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