Good Morning Britain pays tribute as former ITV News editor Geoff Hill dies

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Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins started the show by paying tribute to former ITV News editor Geoff Hill, who died at the age of 52.

Hill, who had been battling leukaemia since 2017, died surrounded by his family after being admitted to hospital in London last week.

Covering the news on the ITV morning show, Charlotte described Hill as ‘a giant in the industry.’

She added that he will ‘be much missed’.

Hill joined London Tonight in 1993 before moving to ITV News in 2000 for seven years, and then returning in 2013. He covered some major world events including the EU referendum and Donald Trump winning the US presidential election.

The journalist left the role following his diagnosis to focus on his treatment, and came back to his position full-time last year. However in September 2020 he stepped down after a relapse.

In an interview earlier this month he said the decision to leave ITV a second time was ‘the cruellest thing’.

‘I was about to return – but after my relapse, I knew I had to do it,’ he told Daily Mail.

‘Nothing is as shocking as getting a leukaemia diagnosis. But in some ways, this blow was on a par.’

Hill also often campaigned for Cure Leukaemia, which connects patients to blood cancer clinical trials, as recently as June.

Above all else, Geoff was a thoroughly lovely man. This is so, so sad. Sending love to his wonderful family. https://t.co/Fg7itZWQdx

What incredibly sad news.
A brilliant journalist beloved by his newsroom colleagues, and a great guy who fought his illness with such courage and good humour. Had the honour of working with him at CNN & ITV and he was a class act, both professionally & personally. RIP Geoff. https://t.co/ISdttT915k

ITV stars have been paying tribute to Hill following his death, including Susanna Reid, who wrote: ‘Above all else, Geoff was a thoroughly lovely man. This is so, so sad. Sending love to his wonderful family.’

Former GMB star Piers Morgan added: ‘What incredibly sad news.

‘A brilliant journalist beloved by his newsroom colleagues, and a great guy who fought his illness with such courage and good humour.

‘Had the honour of working with him at CNN & ITV and he was a class act, both professionally & personally. RIP Geoff.’

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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