BBC newsreader Carrie Gracie returns after cancer treatment
CARRIE Gracie, the newsreader who famously revealed her salary on air during the MPs' expenses scandal, has returned to the BBC after having treatment for cancer.
Miss Gracie, who has worked for the corporation since 1987, left the BBC last September. She returned to the BBC News Channel for the first time today, and immediately received dozens of messages of support.
Many of the messages commented on her healthy appearance. Her hair was closely cropped indicating treatment.
"It's good to be back and fantastic to see my friends and colleagues," she said.
The BBC did not disclose the type of cancer.
Co-presenter Simon McCoy said: "Marvellous to see Carrie looking so well and on such top form".
Mr McCoy tweeted to one user: "She is indeed an inspiration. A brave lady indeed. To do what she is doing today takes true guts."
Miss Gracie made headlines in 2009 when she revealed her £92,000-a-year salary in a confrontation with Lord Foulkes.
The Labour peer was defending the then speaker Michael Martin during the height of revelations about MPs' expenses. He demanded to know how much she was paid to "talk nonsense about MPs' expenses".
Colleagues were surprised when she answered and said she had never claimed for phone calls.
"I understand what public sector money is about," she said.
At the time, a senior BBC executive said: “Carrie Gracie stuck to her guns, refused to be intimidated and the response from viewers was heavily on her side.”
Lord Foulkes said: “The majority of MPs are being undermined by you and are devastated by the publicity.”
Miss Gracie replied: “We’ll see what the public make of it, thank you for coming on.”