BBC News star Karin Giannone off air for months due to major surgery

Karin Giannone
Karin Giannone -Credit:@KarinBBC/Twitter

BBC News presenter Karin Giannone has announced she will be off the airwaves for an extended period due to major surgery. The well-known face on BBC News has informed her audience that she will be taking a break from broadcasting as she recovers from a significant knee osteotomy procedure.

The 50-year-old news anchor took to social media to update her followers about her condition, posting a hospital bed photo with monitoring wires attached as she recuperates from the surgery. Alongside the picture, Karin wrote: "I'm out of action for a couple of months after a knee osteotomy surgery, but very much looking forward to being back on air on @BBCNews when I am up and running again! " Despite her enthusiasm for jogging, she humorously added: "(*not actually running - that won't happen for a while)."

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Colleagues and viewers quickly sent their best wishes. Martine Croxall, another BBC News broadcaster, responded with: "Woozy and wonderful x."

Yasmin Khatun Dewan, who presents on BBC World News, added: "Wishing you a speedy recovery Karin xx." Supportive messages from fans also poured in. One fan wrote: "Best wishes to you, Karin. Get well soon," reports the Mirror.

Another said: "Wishing you a speedy recovery Karin xx." And a third supporter wrote: "Karin hope your recovery goes well - and see you soon!"

"Get well soon my dear friend," one person commented. Karin later updated her followers on Instagram Stories, posting a photo of her leg in a brace as she recovered in a hospital bed.

She had previously mentioned needing the surgery for quite some time, humorously noting it's been necessary "about 30 years".

On Thursday, Karin took to Instagram to post a collection of recent photos after completing several half marathons. Alongside the pictures, she wrote: "3rd #halfmarathon in a fortnight to really overdo it before I succumb this week to a knee surgery I've needed for a long time (about 30 years!)."