Newsreader Jane Hill has revealed why she has been absent from BBC One's lunchtime news for six months, as she opened up about her cancer battle.
The 49-year-old made her first appearance on the BBC since November and she revealed on Twitter that her time away had been forced due to her battle with cancer.
In a series of tweets, Jane thanked the NHS for her treatment as well as joking that during her time away had seen the BBC 'cancel her pass' as she denied access to the building on her return.
The reason why Jane had not been presenting the lunchtime news had not previously been disclosed but shortly before appearing on air today, she revealed the reason on Twitter.
Jane wrote: "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."
Jane then joked that her absence had seen her drop off the BBC's security system, tweeting: "Oh, and in true #W1A style, my pass had been cancelled and I couldn't get into the building. #welcomeback"
Jane was then 'overwhelmed' by the messages of support she received after breaking her own news.
Thanking those who got in touch, as well as the NHS, Jane tweeted: "Overwhelmed by so many lovely back-to-work messages. I just want to say that my return wouldn't have been possible without our NHS.
"Sending love & thanks to the numerous #NHSuk staff who spotted my breast cancer, treated it, and continue to look after me. Thank you all."
Dozens of celebrities also contacted Jane, offering their support and happiness that she was back at work.
Actor 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."
Jane has been presenting the lunch-time news since 2003, after joining the BBC full-time at the end of 1991.
During her career she covered the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks from Washington DC and broadcast for eight hours in 2003 when Saddam Hussein was captured by US Special Forces.
Jane also was the first to interview Kate and Gerry McCann on television, following the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine from Praia da Luz in 2007.
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