BBC Radio star Mark Radcliffe has told stunned listeners he has cancer and is stopping work to get treatment.
The 60-year-old who hosts the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show said he will be taking some time off for treatment for ‘cancerous tongue and lymph node issues’.
The broadcaster made the announcement during his show on Wednesday night.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Show host Mark Radcliffe who has said he will be taking some time off for treatment for ‘cancerous tongue and lymph node issues’
Mark Radcliffe with fellow broadcaster Stuart Maconie presenting their afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music
He told listeners: ‘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 to get that all sorted out.
‘It’s all been caught very early and so everything should be fine.’
Mr Radcliffe, also a BBC Radio 6 Music presenter, went on: ‘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.
Mark Radcliffe with colleague Stuart Maconie (pictured left) and rock star Robert Plant (centre)
DJ Mark Radcliffe and his daughters at the Legoland Discovery Centre opening in March 2017
Mark Radcliffe at the BBC 6 Music Festival at the Barrowland Ballroom, in Glasgow, in March 2017
‘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?’
Fans have reacted with an outpouring of support online for the popular DJ, who is an avid Manchester City fan.
Fellow presenters have allow tweeted their support with Claudia Winkleman saying: ‘Sending so much love’ and Simon Mayo saying ‘Hey get well soon Mark! Look forward to your full recovery.’
A BBC spokesperson said: ‘Everyone at Radio 2 and 6 Music wishes Mark well and we look forward to welcoming him back when he’s ready.’
The Folk Show will be presented by Ricky Ross for the next few weeks.
Mr Radcliffe was born in Bolton in 1958 and attended the Bolton School before studying English and American Studies at Manchester in 1979.
He joined the BBC Manchester in 1986 and produced Radio One and Two Programmes including ‘The Organist Entertains.’
The 60-year-old, who has three daughters, presented a variety of shows on BBC Radio One with Marc Riley
The 60-year-old, who is married and has three daughters, presented a variety of shows on BBC Radio One with Marc Riley.
There stage names were Marc and Lard and they presented a late night show in 1995 called The Graveyard Shift which featured a mix of comedy sketches, live readings, and regular contributors such as noted film critic Mark Kermode.
In 1997 he briefly presented the flagship Radio One breakfast show with Marc Riley and then moved to afternoon show winning three Sony Awards.
As well as being a popular broadcaster, Mr Radcliffe was also part of a spoof band called The Shirehorses who released two albums and appeared at Glastonbury in 1997.
The musician also made three albums with folk rock band The Family Mahone as well as being a mainstay of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage.
He left Radio 1 and moved to Radio 2 in 2004 and in 2005 he published his first novel called Northern Sky.
He has also released a book of memoirs in 2009 called ‘Thank You For The Days.’
In 2011 he moved to afternoons with Stuart Maconie on Radio 6 Music and in 2013 started presenting the Radio 2 Folk Show.
Fans and presenters have thrown their support behind popular broadcaster Mark Radcliffe who is taking time off work to get treatment for cancer