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  • Writer's pictureMartin Ballard

Bill Turnbull to step down from Classic FM

Classic FM presenter Bill Turnbull, pictured here at his beloved Wycombe Wanderers with former Huddersfield Town player, Gareth Ainsworth and Ex-Town manager Chris Powell, has announced "with great regret" that he is to take a leave of absence from his radio show for "health reasons".

The former BBC Breakfast host was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017.

"The road has been a bit bumpy recently and I need to take some time to focus on getting better," he tweeted on Thursday, promising to return.

"I'm sorry to do this, as I absolutely love doing the programme, and have hugely enjoyed the past five years."

He added: "I am very grateful to friends and colleagues at Global [media company] for the love and support they have shown me. And I will be back, just as soon as I can be."

'Hugely loved'

Reacting to the announcement, a Classic FM spokesman said Turnbull was "a hugely valued and loved member" of the team.

"We wish him all the very best as he takes time away from his programmes to concentrate on getting better," he continued.

"Along with our listeners, we look forward to welcoming back him on air as soon as he can be."

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