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BBC Radio presenter reveals he has terminal cancer live on air

Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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A BBC radio presenter has shared the sad news that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Andy Potter, who has presented BBC Radio Derby's afternoon show for the past seven years, made the shocking announcement during Thursday's breakfast programme, revealing that he has only been given a few months to live. The 55-year-old is suffering from cancer in his bowel, liver and his kidneys.

Speaking live from hospital, Andy told listeners: "I was told on Wednesday afternoon that I have terminal cancer. It is in a few places in my body, including my bowels, and I have been told I have just months left.


BBC Norfolk presenter Andy Potter announced his terminal cancer diagnosis live on air

"My wife and son were, of course, the first people to hear the news, but I wanted to get it out there to those who listen to my show, and those who know me. It means I won't be going back to work at BBC Radio Derby."

He added: "I honestly didn't know how to deal with it, when someone tells you this is the end of your life. I even told the consultant, 'I suppose I've had better days'.

"But I will get on with it the best I can. We all say we are going to fight, and let's see what the next few months bring."

The 55-year-old revealed he only has a few months to live

Andy also told his fans that he was grateful to have had the chance to do a job he "truly loved".

"We all get to leave a little mark - I got to leave a mark in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire – and then it is time for the next person to come along," he said.

The radio personality was a regular and popular host of events and charity fundraisers in his local area. His fellow presenter, Ian Skye, said Andy was very much part of the Radio Derby family, and that everyone was "shattered" by the news.

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