Newsreader Jane Hill returns to work after revealing breast cancer treatment

BBC newsreader Jane Hill paid tribute to the NHS as she revealed she had undergone treatment for breast cancer while being off screens for six months.

The presenter, 49, joked about Brexit and her void building pass as she headed back to the newsroom on Wednesday for the first time since November.

Despite spending half a year away from the studio, it appeared to be business as usual for Hill, who anchored the BBC News at One programme.

Ahead of the bulletin, she tweeted: "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...?

"Oh, and in true #W1A style, my pass had been cancelled and I couldn't get into the building. #welcomeback"

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BBC News presenter Jane Hill working outside Parliament following Chancellor George Osborne's Budget.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Clive Myrie, Rachel Price, Jane Hill and Rona Alison Fairhead attend the BBC 100 Women gala hosted by the BFI at BFI Southbank on December 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
TV and other media (here Jane Hill of the BBC) reporting from near to a blaze at Grenfell Tower near Notting Hill on 14th June 2017 in West London, United Kingdom. The huge fire engulfed the tower block, trapping many people in their homes. A number of fatalities are reported. The block of flats in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, billowed large plumes of smoke way above the capital after the blaze broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Londoners came out on the streets to help, offer food and water, support and assistance to those who had lost their homes or didnt know the whereabouts of their friends and family. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Portrait of BBC News presenter and broadcaster Jane Hill, 09/04/2008. (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
BBC News 24 Presenter Jane Hill speaks with the Maasai Warriors (sometimes spelt Masai) who are running the 2008 Flora London Marathon. Next to the warriors can be seen Paul Martin from Greenforce. The six tribesmen - Isaya, Ngovu, Lengami, Ninna, Taico and Kesika - came up with the idea of running the marathon themselves after conservation charity Greenforce asked how they could raise money to get a clean water well installed in their village. (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
Portrait of BBC News presenters and broadcasters Matthew Amroliwala and Jane Hill, 09/04/2008. (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
Matthew Amroliwala and Jane Hill on the set of BBC rolling news programme, News 24. (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
Jane Hill and Chris Eakin on the BBC News 24 studio set. (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
Jane Hill on the BBC News 24 studio set. (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
News 24 Presenters MATTHEW AMROLIWALA and JANE HILL in the office shortly before going on air. September 2002 (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
News 24 Presenter JANE HILL in the office shortly before going on air. September 2002 (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
News 24 Presenter JANE HILL in the office shortly before going on air. September 2002 (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
News 24 Presenters MATTHEW AMROLIWALA and JANE HILL on set. (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
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Hill was welcomed back warmly by viewers and colleagues – both from the BBC and competitor news channels.

She said she had been "overwhelmed" by well-wishes as she publicly revealed the reason for her prolonged absence.

She 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."

One of the BBC's most recognisable newsreaders, Hill began working with the broadcaster in 1986 and has appeared in a range of news and current affairs programmes.

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