A prominent BBC presenter has revealed that he has Parkinson’s disease after viewers spotted his hands shaking during a live report. In the UK’s first ever news broadcast using a public 5G network, Rory Cellan-Jones – the BBC’s technology correspondent – reported live outside from London’s Covent Garden.
After millions of viewers tuned in to watch the event on BBC Breakfast, a handful of people noticed his shaky hand.
Their comments prompted the journalist to reveal that it was a physical symptom of his recently diagnosed Parkinson’s.
Cellan-Jones wrote on Twitter after the landmark broadcast: “A couple of people have noticed my hand shaking in my live 5G broadcast today.
“So seems a good time to reveal that I’ve recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.”
Hundreds of individuals responded to the journalist, wishing him well and commending him for his honesty about his condition.
The BBC’s Brussels reporter, Adam Fleming wrote: “True public service to be so open about it. Best wishes.”
Whilst Parkinson’s UK’s digital director Julie Dodd offered advice from the charity. She said: “Parkinson’s UK is here for you if you need any advice. And if you’re interested in hearing about some of the new technologies being used in Parkinson’s research and treatment I’d love to fill you in.”
The three main symptoms of the illness are involuntary shaking or tremors, slow movement and stiff and inflexible muscles.
However those with Parkinson’s disease can experience further physical and psychological signs. These include problems with balancing, insomnia, memory loss, decreased sense of smell and depression and anxiety.
The technology reporter added that his symptoms are largely under control and that he will continue working as a journalist for the time beings.
In good spirits, Cellan-Jones added: “I’m getting good treatment and the symptoms are mild right now – so I’m carrying on as normal.
“Onwards and upwards!”