Kirsty Gallacher gives health update on ear tumour that led to her quitting GB News job
Kirsty Gallacher has revealed she is having radiotherapy for a benign tumour in her ear.
This health update comes two years after Gallacher, 47, received the tumour diagnosis after having sudden hearing loss, which led to her developing tinnitus.
Speaking about the scheduled radiotherapy, Gallacher has said: “The tumour isn’t going to go until I have radiotherapy to shrink it and I’m not doing that at the moment, but I’m watching it.
“Radiotherapy is a last resort. I will do it in the summer, but it’s not a nice thing to do.”
Gallacher was forced to step down from her hosting gig on GB News in 2021, after having “severe” tinnitus, which she revealed got worse on the job at the time. She had previously left Sky News to secure the presenting job.
Tinnitus describes noises heard from inside the body, instead of an outside source, leading to ringing, humming, or buzzing sounds in one or both ears.
Gallacher later attributed sleep deprivation, due to early morning wake-up calls at GB News, as one of the factors in exacerbating her tinnitus.
In her announcement of departure, she shared her aim to “manage her condition” efficiently, during her break from the presenting job.
Gallacher said at the time: “During the summer I discovered I have a tumour in the inner canal of my right ear. Thankfully, it’s benign and not hugely detrimental to my normal life.
“However, the tumour has caused severe tinnitis which makes it difficult to sleep. Sadly my 3am starts at GB News, compounded by sleep deprivation, are exacerbating my symptoms.
“I’ve taken the difficult decision to step back from my role on the Great British Breakfast while I focus on my health. GB News has been incredibly supportive of me and I look forward to returning to the channel as soon as I can.
“As I adjust to managing my condition, I will carry on my less disruptive work commitments and continue maintaining a healthy lifestyle and training so I can get back to my normal routine quickly.”