BILL Turnbull is a British journalist and presenter who has spoken candidly about his prostate cancer diagnosis.
Here's the lowdown on the Songs of Praise presenter and what he's said about the disease.
Who is Bill Turnbull?
Bill Turnbull – full name William Robert Jolyon Turnbull – was born in Guildford, Surrey, on 25 January 1956 – that makes him 62.
Turnbull was educated at Eton College in Berkshire, followed by the University of Edinburgh.
At uni, Bill showed off his flare for journalism when he edited the student newspaper.
He started his career at Radio Clyde in 1978 and joined the BBC as a reporter for the Today programme in 1986 and Breakfast Time as a reporter in 1988, before becoming a correspondent for BBC News in 1990.
Turnbull has also presented regular programmes – including Weekend Breakfast – on Radio 5 Live.
Bill was a contestant in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2005, and was paired with Karen Hardy. He stayed in the competition seven weeks and finished sixth out of twelve contestants.
The star joined the presenting team of the BBC's Songs of Praise in 2013.
Bill has hosted a weekend radio show on Classic FM since April 2016. The programme airs from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sundays.
When was Bill Turnbull diagnosed with prostate cancer?
Bill Turnbull was diagnosed with incurable prostate and bone cancer last year whilst filming for the Celebrity special of Great British Bake Off which is in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.
He had his prostate tested aged 40 and 50, and hadn't seen a GP for four years.
Speaking to the Radio Times Magazine he said: "It saddens me that I'm not going to be around as much as I thought with my wife and family…and I realised if things progress as they do on average, I can't plan beyond 12 years."
Bill's consultant is hopeful that he will live for another 18 years.
In October 2018, the former BBC Breakfast presenter revealed he’s been inundated with letters from people who thanked him for speaking out.
Speaking to The Radio Times, Bill explained: “A lot of men got in touch to say they had gone to get checked.
"And a number of wives told me they’d made their husbands go.
“Some have written to let me know what happened next.
“'Dear Bill, I thank you for my husband’s life. After watching you on television a few months ago my husband reluctantly went for a PSA blood test.
“'He was found to have prostate cancer and had his prostate removed. He has had the all-clear'.”
Bill added: “What can you say to that? It doesn’t make everything worthwhile, but it certainly helps to know that someone will stay alive as a result of my experience.”
Since his diagnosis Bill has allowed cameras to follow him for part of a documentary called Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive, which airs on October 24 on Channel 4.
Who's the Bake Off star married to?
Bill has been married to wife Sarah McCombie since 1998.
The couple raises two sons together – Henry, who was born in October 1988, and Will, who was born in October 1980. They also have a daughter, Flora, born in August 1991.
Bill and Sarah used to live together in Buckinghamshire, but they moved to Rainow in Cheshire when BBC Breakfast moved to Salford.
While the pair lived in Buckinghamshire, Sarah worked as a newsroom editor for British Forces Broadcasting.
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