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.
So sorry to hear this. Hope you’re back in action very soon.
— Ken Bruce (@RealKenBruce) October 3, 2018
Hey get well soon Mark! Look forward to your full recovery. And happy Christmas to you too.
— Simon Mayo (@simonmayo) October 3, 2018
All the best Mark. Thinking of you. Cheers, M
— martin kelner (@martinkelner) October 3, 2018
Sending you all the love, fireworks, and best wishes from everyone at 6 Music. x
— BBC Radio 6 Music (@BBC6Music) October 3, 2018