His family announced today that Bill Turnbull, a journalist and TV host, has passed away at the age 66.

Turnbull’s loved ones said Turnbull passed away peacefully in Suffolk after losing his battle with prostate cancer. The disease was first diagnosed in November 2017.

During this morning’s BBC Breakfast, Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty, his former emotional colleagues, also broadcast the news live. 

Turnbull was a BBC1 presenter from 2001 to 2016, and he revealed his diagnosis on March 2018. He also detailed his treatment in Staying Alive, a Channel 4 documentary.

His announcement that he was going on a health leave from Classic FM’s show in October of last year made it clear.

Stayt spoke on BBC Breakfast this morning: “Welcome Back.” Now, we have sad news for you. Bill Turnbull, our former colleague and Breakfast hostess, has passed away. His cancer diagnosis was in 2017.

Munchetty read out the statement of his wife Sesi, which stated: “Our beautiful Billy passed away yesterday evening nearly five years after he was diagnosed with advanced prostate carcinoma.” It was a very memorable week for him. His entire family was present and shared wonderful moments.

Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid on ITV's Good Morning Britain on February 26, 2020

Bill Turnbull, Susanna Reid and ITV’s Good Morning Britain live on February 26, 2020

Bill Turnbull with his wife Sesi as he leaves BBC Breakfast for the last time after 15 years of service on February 26, 2016

Bill Turnbull, Sesi and Sesi are with him as he departs BBC Breakfast on February 26th 2016, after 15 year of service.

Bill Turnbull was a contestant in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing, when he partnered with Karen Hardy

Bill Turnbull, a contestant on the third Strictly Come Dancing series when he was with Karen Hardy, was one of his partners.

The news was also announced on BBC Breakfast today by his emotional former colleagues Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty

The news was also announced on BBC Breakfast today by his emotional former colleagues Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty 

BBC Breakfast presenters past and present celebrating the programme's 25th Anniversary, including (Left to Right) Angela Rippon, Francis Wilson, Chris Hollins, Glyn Christian, Selena Scott, Sue Cook, Sian Williams, Mike Smith and Bill Turnbull

Present and past present BBC Breakfast hosts celebrated the 25th anniversary of BBC Breakfast.

Presenters Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid on the BBC Breakfast set in Salford on April 2012

Bill Turnbull, Susanna Reid and Susanna Riley present the BBC Breakfast in Salford April 2012.

(left to right) Charlie Stayt, Carol Kirkwood, Bill Turnbull, Simon Jack, Louise Minchin and Chris Hollins with the award for 'Best TV Daytime Programme' at the TRIC (Television and Radio Industries Club) Annual Awards in London in March 2010

From left to right: Charlie Stayt (right), Carol Kirkwood (left), Bill Turnbull (right), Simon Jack (right), Louise Minchin (left), and Chris Hollins (right) with the award for “Best Television Daytime Program” at the TRIC Annual Awards in London, March 2010.

Former BBC Breakfast and Classic FM host Bill Turnbull has died at the age of 66, his family has said

His family announced that Bill Turnbull, a former host of BBC Breakfast and Classic FM, has passed away at the age 66. 

Stayt continued: “She continues to add that even though Bill was in pain often, Bill was brave and dignified through it all and was always his determined self until the very end. We are so proud to have had the opportunity to laugh with Billy every day.

Munchetty said: “Our friend, former colleague Breakfast presenter. Bill Turnbull has passed away after a battle with prostate cancer. Many people will know him.

The calm, reassuring way Bill Turnbull got Britain up to its feet 

Bill Turnbull was an anchor on BBC Breakfast for over 15 years and has now passed away at 66.

He presented for the British Foreign and British Politics Front Lines over a 4-decade-long career.

William Robert Jolyon Turnbull (born January 25, 1956, in Guildford), Surrey.

After being educated at Eton College he went on to the University of Edinburgh, where he served as the editor of the student paper.

Turnbull began his radio broadcasting career in 1978 at Scotland’s Radio Clyde.

In 1986, he joined BBC to be a Today reporter. Two years later, he became a BBC correspondent for Breakfast Time.

His memorable stories include the Lockerbie catastrophe in 1988, and the 1989 Romanian revolution.

Turnbull, who was a BBC News correspondent from 1990 to 1990, reported in more than 30 different countries.

He was the Washington correspondent for four years.

Turnbull returned to the UK in 1997 and became one of the most prominent presenters for BBC News 24.

Also, he worked at BBC Radio 5 Live as a presenter for Weekend Breakfast.

Turnbull was a BBC Breakfast presenter who joined Sian Williams’ BBC Breakfast team in 2001.

Williams left Salford after the BBC moved its programme from London to Salford. They worked together for a while.

Many celebrities including Miranda Hart, Frank Skinner, and David Cameron sent video messages of farewell to the host.

He said that Bill had been a prime minister for many years and brought news to us from different parts of the world. However, the BBC Breakfast couch has become a familiar place to see you since the past 15 years.

It’s time for you to give up your sofa and get a bed. We are grateful to you on behalf all those who have grown up starting our day together.

Turnbull’s calm and reassuring approach was what the nation appreciated for 15 years.

But, he did make a mistake on live air in July 2015.

The Guildford-born broadcaster appeared to say ‘c***’ instead of ‘client’ while referring to reaction to a public health story.

The BBC stated that he had “unintentionally stumbled” over his words.

He recalled it as one of the most unforgettable moments from BBC Breakfast.

Turnbull is a well-known household name who made several television appearances other than Breakfast.

He was the host of BBC One’s Songs Of Praise, a long-running program.

He competed in 2005’s third season of Strictly Come Dancing as a contestant. He was in partnership with Karen Hardy to become the seventh star to vote off the show.

Turnbull participated on ITV’s Who wants to be a millionaire?Turnbull was also a participant in BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind. He appeared on Through The Keyhole and Would I Lie to You?.

His most memorable role was, perhaps, that of Doctor Who’s The Wedding Of River Song (2011), where he played himself.

Turnbull’s love for beekeeping inspired him to publish The Bad Beekeepers Club in 2011. It is a funny account of the challenges and triumphs of this hobby.

At 63 years of age, he revealed that he had been diagnosed by advanced prostate carcinoma and stated that he used cannabidiol as a treatment.

Turnbull was caught smoking cannabis using a vape pen for Channel 4’s documentary Bill Turnbull: Staying alive – which followed his attempt to find the right treatment.

He hosted a Weekend Radio Show on Classic FM in his last years and was a regular guest on The One Show.

Turnbull and his ex-BBC Breakfast host Susanna Reid reconnected on several occasions during 2020/2021 as guests presenters for Good Morning Britain.

They were the hosts of Breakfast from 2014 to 2014. Reid joined ITV.

His October 2021 announcement that he had taken a “leave” from Classic FM’s Weekend Program for ‘health reasons” was his first public statement.

According to a Wycombe Wanderers fan, he said: “There is a special atmosphere at Wycombe Wanderers due to where it is. It’s such a beautiful rural setting and it’s still small enough that it has that genuine club feeling where people care about one another.”

Sarah, his wife, died in April 1988. He also leaves behind their three children.

“Of course, all of us are here sending support and love to Bill’s family and Sesi, his wife. I believe that today, after getting over the shock, we’ll start thinking about the fun and memorable things Bill did. Like when I shared with him my energy. 

He came in to this program and did everything he could, each day. We all found him funny as we sat on the couch. He was an excellent journalist, loved the programme, and loved to serve you. He will surely be missed by you, and we sure will.

Stayt stated that ‘He was wise, he didn’t take himself too seriously when sitting here’ which is an excellent combination.

Susannah Reid, Turnbull’s Breakfast’s co-presenter, wrote that Bill was “the kindest, funny, and most generous person in business.” It was an honor to work with him. He taught me so much. He was also devoted to his loved ones, and that is what I miss most. RIP Bill. You will be greatly missed by us.

His loved ones praised his treatment at Ipswich and Royal Marsden hospitals as well as St Elizabeth Hospice, and his doctor.

He said, “He was determinedly positive and was enormously buoyed to the support he received by friends, colleagues and messages from people wishing his luck. Bill found it a comfort that more men now have the opportunity to test earlier for this condition.

Bill will always be remembered as Bill, a broadcaster extraordinaire who brought joy and laughter into homes through BBC Breakfast and Classic FM.

“He was also an avid Wycombe Wanderers fan, and an aspiring beekeeper.

Bill was an amazing father and husband to his children. His family and friends will be forever grateful for the way he made everyone laugh and shared his love with all.

Following Turnbull’s passing, BBC Radio 4 Today’s Mishal Husain and Nick Robinson paid tribute.

Robinson spoke on this morning’s programme and said that he had lost a dear friend as well as an exceptional broadcaster.

“There was warmth in his broadcasting. The warmth Bill was a familiar face to those who viewed breakfast TV every morning. Perhaps they didn’t realize how good he was as a journalist.

«This was a man who worked as a Washington correspondent and traveled 30 different countries. He had been to Moscow and covered wars.

“And that mixture of sharp intellect, humor, wit, and humanity was evident every day when he appeared on Breakfast. He first shared his music love as a reporter. Classic FM listeners may have also heard it.

‘I fondly remember, you do too Mishal. We were both guests at his house. He and his wife first met each other on this programme.

Husain stated that he will always be remembered by BBC News. Bill Turnbull, please rest in peace.

Dan Walker, a former BBC journalist said that it was an honor to be able to lie on his couch.

His tweet read: Bill Turnbull was kind, generous and open-minded when I replaced him as BBC Breakfast’s host. His brilliant advice was evident and it was obvious how much he loved by both his coworkers and the public. It was an honor to be able to sit down on his couch. I am thinking of his loved ones.

Roger Mosey was the former BBC TV News head and said, “I’m so deeply sorry about Bill Turnbull’s passing. With our dogs and the sun – I will remember him always – with my greatest love. 

Former BBC Breakfast presenter Steph McGovern said: ‘Absolutely gutted that our Bill Turnbull has passed away.

“A great broadcaster and friend…” He taught me so many things. We had some hilarious arguments over how to pronounce “poor” words. He was loved by all of us. RIP Bill.’

John Simpson of the BBC described Turnbull to him as both ‘charming and a sharp reporter’.

He posted: “Very sorry for the loss of Bill Turnbull, my ex-colleague.”

“He was friendly and easy-going, and he managed to be a smart, skilled reporter and an interviewer with sympathetic understanding. With great courage, he overcame a horrible disease.

Piers Morgan said, ‘RIP Bill Turnbull. 66. One of the best broadcasters in Britain, and such a smart, funny, warm & generous-spirited man. 

“Fought his disease with typical strength, courage, and humor. Bill was a great presenter, making it seem effortless. Such sad news.’

Lord Alan Sugar tweeted: ‘Sadly Bill Turnbull has passed he was a great presenter and a nice guy R.I.P’.

Turnbull began his broadcasting career in Scotland at Radio Clyde in 1978. He joined the BBC in 1986 as a reporter on the Today program, and then became a reporter on BBC Breakfast Time in 1992.

Turnbull was appointed a BBC News correspondent in 1990. He reported from over 30 countries and covered notable stories such as the Monica Lewinsky affair and OJ Simpson’s trial.

He returned to Britain and became a main host on BBC News 24.

Turnbull was also a presenter for Weekend Breakfast at BBC Radio 5 Live.

Sian Williams was his BBC Breakfast presenter, and he joined BBC Breakfast in 2001. He worked with Sian until she left the BBC after it moved from London to Salford.

Susanna Reid was the co-anchor, while the presenter presented with Reid until 2014. Turnbull and Reid then joined ITV. Turnbull had other co-hosts, including Louise Minchin, among others.

The Duchess of Cornwall walks with Bill Turnbull as she attends a Bees for Development event at Marlborough House in London in June 2019

As Bill Turnbull attends the Bees for Development event at Marlborough House, London in June 2019, The Duchess Of Cornwall walks alongside Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams at the TRIC Awards at Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane in London on March 3, 2012

Sian and Bill Turnbull, at the TRIC Awards in Grosvenor House on Park Lane London on March 3, 2012

BBC Breakfast presenters (left to right) Bill Turnbull, Louise Minchin, Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt

BBC Breakfast presenters, left to right: Bill Turnbull and Louise Minchin; Naga Munchetty; Charlie Stayt 

As he left the red couch in February 2016 he recalls his favorite moments during his breakfast career. He recalled “nearly getting into an argument with a ventriloquist’s dummy named Bob” and wearing a dog-hair jumper.

He said, “It was okay, it was very hot, and I couldn’t get the stuff from me for weeks,”

He was a regular television presenter, even on BBC Breakfast.

He was a contestant in 2005 on Strictly Come Dancing, where he was paired with Karen Hardy.

ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? also featured him. Through The Keyhole, the BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind. He also appeared on Would I Lie to You? and Pointless Celebrities.

Bill Turnbull with his Newscaster/ Reporter award at the TRIC (Television and Radio Industries Club) Awards in London in 2011

Bill Turnbull receiving the TRIC Awards 2011 in London with his award for Newscaster/Reporter

Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull is pictured here at Global’s Make Some Noise Day in London, October 2016. (left) and at the Classic Brit Awards 2018 in London at The Royal Albert Hall in June 2018. (right). 

Sian Williams and Bill Turnbull arriving for the 2010 TV Choice awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London in September 2010

Sian Williams, Bill Turnbull arrive at the Dorchester Hotel in London for the TV Choice Awards 2010. 

Bill Turnbull has died at the age of 66, his family has said

His family announced that Bill Turnbull, 66 years old, has passed away.

He appeared as himself in Doctor Who’s The Wedding Of River Song (2011).

His love for beekeeping inspired him to publish The Bad Beekeepers Club in 2011, a funny account of the trials and tribulations of being an apiarist.

BBC Breakfast tweeted: “Former BBC Breakfast host Bill Turnbull has passed away.” He was 66. We loved our viewer. His colleagues loved him.

Bill will forever be remembered for being warm and funny, as well as his brilliant journalism skills.

Classic FM’s ex-presenter, a tweet said that he was ‘one the most admired broadcasters in the country’.

Tweet: “We are extremely sad to announce that Bill Turnbull (one of the most loved broadcasters in America, and was well-loved at Classic FM), has died.” Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s family.


Bill Turnbull stated that inspiring prostate cancer patients to test for it was one of the most useful things he did in his entire life.

Turnbull (66) was first diagnosed with the disease in 2017. He admitted that he felt ‘crossed with himself’ because he hadn’t visited a GP for four years.

He had his prostate tested at 40 and 50, respectively. However, he said that the disease was already spreading to his bones after he visited a doctor to address long-term pains and aches which he thought were due to old age.

Prostate Cancer UK, a charity that supports prostate cancer research in the UK stated that the disease claims more than 11500 lives each year.

How do you know if your prostate is cancerous?

A prostate gland is small enough to fit in a walnut. It is situated beneath the bladder.

The presence of prostate cancer is when cells divide rapidly and become uncontrollable, which can sometimes spread throughout the body.

Prostate Cancer UK reports that nearly one out of eight men will get diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. It is the most widespread male cancer in the UK.

What symptoms are associated with prostate cancer?

Most symptoms won’t appear until the cancer grows sufficiently to press against your urethra.

You may notice a rise in the frequency with which you have to go to the bathroom, a longer wait before passing urine or an increased need to urinate. Prostate Cancer UK suggests that this could be due to an undiagnosed non-cancerous condition called an enlarged prostate or other health problems.

You should also be aware of erectile dysfunction and blood in your urine. Weight loss is another warning sign.

Who’s most at-risk for prostate cancer?

According to the NHS, prostate cancer is more common in older men. Most cases occur in those 50 years old and older.

Black men are more susceptible to being affected than Asians.

According to recent research, obesity can increase your risk of getting sick.

How does prostate cancer get diagnosed?

Once you have discussed your symptoms with your doctor, they will probably ask you to take a test for prostate-specific antigen and to examine the levels of infection in your urine.

The digital rectal exam, which involves inserting a gloved fingers into the bottom of the bowel, is an option to check the prostate.

These tests will be used by the GP to assess your risk for prostate cancer.

According to the NHS, patients should be referred to hospitals if they are considered at-risk.

The PSA test for men over 50 is available from their GP. But, because it isn’t always 100% accurate, there is no UK-wide screening program.

How can prostate cancer be treated?

Some individuals will not be able to receive immediate medical attention and they will continue to be closely monitored.

The reason for this is that they are not experiencing symptoms and the disease does not appear to be affecting their normal lifespan.

Regular PSA testing, MRI scans, and occasionally biopsies are all possible to detect any indications of disease early.

Radiotherapy and surgery are the two main ways of treating prostate cancer.

Cancer Research UK claims that over 85% of men who have prostate cancer will be able to survive for 5 years. Nearly 80% can live 10 years.

Do you know anyone else who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer?

Jools Holland, musician, announced earlier in the year that he has been treated successfully for prostate cancer following a 2014 diagnosis.

He was accompanied by Sir Rod Stewart at the concert organized by Prostate Cancer UK.

Sir Rod insisted that he would tell his audience, “Guys you have to really visit the doctor.”

Stephen Fry admitted that he was shocked to learn that he had developed prostate cancer. However, his recovery was possible because he was diagnosed early.

Louis Van Gaal, former manager of Manchester United, revealed that he had received numerous radiation treatments to cure his cancer.

He said, “I needed to wait for five to six months before I could see if the device had performed its task.” ‘It did.’