Bill Turnbull, 62, is a former presenter on BBC Breakfast and now currently presents his own radio show on Classic FM. However, Bill took to Twitter and admitted it was a “sad day for broadcasting” after Alex told his 13,000 followers he would no longer be on his radio show. Alex said: “After 42 years, 10,000 shows and approximately two and half years on the air in total. I’m finally stepping off the merry go round. “I’ve worked with the very best and most importantly you have been the best. I’ve had the most wonderful time and have you to thank for much of that.”
Bill replied: “A sad day for broadcasting. Alex you brightened my gloomy 04.30 drive into work on so many mornings. Always loved the show. Thank you.”
Alex has been presenting Breakfast on the BBC for almost two years, having started in 2017 shortly after leaving BBC Radio 2’s overnight show.
Bill has since transitioned form television to radio and he currently fronts his own radio show on Classic FM which airs on the weekends, since April 2016.
Meanwhile, the former BBC host who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 has opened up about his battle with he disease.
The radio star revealed to Radio Times he had been inundated with messages of support and has been sent many cards and letters.
He told the publication: “There followed a Twitter avalanche of support from friends, colleagues and people I’d never met, wishing me all the best. Hundreds emailed me at Classic FM.”
However, he admitted there was one gift he received which he felt was a “touch premature.”
He continued: “Some sent cards and letters, even the occasional book; although the one entitled Talking about Death I thought was a touch premature.”
He added: “But if love could have cured me, I’d be a healthy man now.”
During the interview, Bill also gave an update on his treatment progress and said he has now completed eight rounds of chemotherapy.
However, although the the host revealed the cancer had stopped spreading, he said he is now at a “stalemate”.
“The cancer has stopped spreading, but it hasn’t been beaten back entirely,” he said.
“We’re at a stalemate. If the chemo had worked completely, I’d get two years off treatment before the cancer reared its ugly head again.”
Meanwhile, the former BBC Breakfast host returned to the show last month, to reveal his months of gruelling treatment to fight his incurable cancer.
The Classic FM presenter urged men to get tested and revealed how he deals with the diagnosis.
He said: “On this day when people are watching, there will be hundreds of people in Britain who will get a diagnosis.
“All I can say to them is hold tight, and things won’t be quite as dark as it is now.
“You have a few days where you’re in shock and then you have a few weeks that are pretty dark.”
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.
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