Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe reveals he has cancer

Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe reveals he has cancer
Mark Radcliffe, who presents the much-loved Radio 2 folk show (Photo: BBC)

Folk-loving Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe has been diagnosed with cancer, the presenter has revealed.

He will be taking time off from his BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music shows while he receives treatment.

Radcliffe, 60, who has gained widespread popularity due to his engaging personality and passion for music, told listeners about his diagnosis on Wednesday evening (October 3), while presenting The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2.

He said: “I’m sad to say that I’ve got some cancerous tongue and lymph node issues”.

However, he added that he hoped to be back on air in the New Year, “or sooner, if I feel well enough”. “It’s all been caught very early and so everything should be fine.”

Radcliffe also shared the news on his Twitter account.


He also confirmed that he would broadcast his 6 Music show with Stuart Maconie today before going away, with Ricky Ross set to present the Radio 2 Folk Show for the next few weeks.

An extensive career

Radcliffe has worked for the BBC in various roles since the 1980s – including a brief spell hosting the Radio 1 Breakfast Show in the ’90s.

He moved to Radio 2 in 2004, and has also been a key part of the BBC’s Glastonbury TV coverage in recent years.

A BBC spokesman said: “Everyone at Radio 2 and 6 Music wishes Mark well, and we look forward to welcoming him back when he’s ready.”