Louise Minchin: BBC Breakfast host supports Jo Whiley as she pulls out of BBC Radio 2 show

Louise Minchin: Ankle injury has become a 'bigger problem'

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BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin, 52, has taken to Twitter and offered her well wishes to BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley, 55, after the broadcaster shared a candid message on social media. The presenter explained that she would be pulling out of her regular radio slot, after her sister Frances was rushed to hospital following her positive test for coronavirus.

The DJ took to the micro-blogging site yesterday, and told her 336,000 followers “I can’t do my show”.

She explained that her sibling was “very poorly” and she was worried about the situation.

Jo penned: “I can’t do my @BBCRadio2 show this evening.

“My sister Frances is v poorly in hospital with Covid. I don’t feel shiny or happy tonight, I feel very scared.

“However, I’ll be listening to @willyoung who I know will light up our kitchen in the depths of our darkness.”(sic)

Louise was one of many followers who reached out to Jo and offered her family well-wishes.

The presenter said: “Sending lots of love to you all Jo xxx.”

Louise was not alone, as others inundated Jo with messages as her sister recovers in hospital.


Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid penned: “Sending so much love and strength to Frances and to all of you.”

Reverend Kate Bottley wrote: “I love you. I’m sending you all the light and prayers xxx.”

Comedian Jason Manford said: “Thinking of you,” while Countryfile’s Helen Skelton added: “Sending love x.”

TV cook Nigella Lawson continued: “I do hope Frances pulls through soon. Sending you and her so much love.”


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It comes after Jo opened up about her frustration at her sister not receiving the vaccine during an interview on BBC Radio 4.

She stated: “I fail to understand, to be honest with you. Myself, my parents and the home have done everything we can to try and facilitate the vaccine coming into the people who need it the most.

“She is in tier six but she also has quite bad diabetes, which in my understanding puts her in tier four because she has an underlying health condition, so I would have thought that she would have been vaccinated, but that hasn’t happened.”

She continued: “And I suppose what I am doing is just wanting to speak up for people like Frances, people who live in her care home, who have been overlooked, because this happens so often.

“People with learning difficulties are neglected. They haven’t got a voice, they haven’t got anybody there. Just badgering everybody saying, ‘What about me? Help me out here’.”

Meanwhile, it comes after Louise recently addressed her ankle injury and admitted it has become an even “bigger problem” for her.

The star injured her foot in 2019, while training for the Norseman triathlon.

She was forced to take some time away from the BBC Breakfast sofa in order to recover.

“I just thought I felt something rip at the time and I just thought, well, you know, I’m going to do what I what I do, which is ice it, pack it, wrap it, lift it, stop running for three weeks. And I did the Norseman,” Louise told Decathlon’s The Power of Ten Podcast.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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