George Alagiah Biography

George Alagiah is a British broadcaster and journalist who began his career as a reporter and correspondent for the BBC in 1989. Alagiah debuted as a newsreader on BBC News at Six (1984) in 2003 and quickly rose to prominence as a well-known face of BBC news, hosting spots on BBC News at Ten (2000) and BBC One O’Clock News (1986), among others.

How old is George Alagiah? – Age

Alagiah was born in the Ceylonese city of Colombo on 22 August 1955. He is 66 years as of 2021.

Where did George Alagiah go to school? – Education

He finished secondary school at St John’s College, a private Roman Catholic school in Portsmouth, England, before going on to study politics at Van Mildert College, Durham University. While at Durham, he was a sabbatical officer of the Durham Students’ Union and wrote for and became the editor of the student publication Palatinate.

George Alagiah – Family

His parents were an engineer named Donald Alagiah and a Tamil woman named Therese currently 66 years as of 2021. Mari, Rachel, Christine, and Jennifer are some of his sisters. His parents moved to Ghana, West Africa, in 1961, and he began attending Christ the King International School in 1966.

Alagiah Wife

He is married to Frances Robathan, whom he met while studying at Durham University. The couple’s two kids are Adam and Matthew.

George Alagiah The BBC journalist
George Alagiah The BBC journalist

What is Alagiah Salary?

He earns around $300,000 each year.

Alagiah Net Worth

He is also thought to have a net worth of about $10 million.

George Alagiah Career

During his stay at university, Alagiah worked as a writer and editor for the student newspaper ‘Palatinate,’ gaining small-scale media experience. From 1982 until 1989, he worked for ‘South Magazine.’ He began as an African correspondent in Zimbabwe before rising to the position of editor.

Alagiah joined the BBC and was posted to London as the station’s first “developing world” reporter. He was then relocated to Johannesburg to serve as a journalist in the South African division. As a foreign reporter, he covered delicate topics such as genocide in Rwanda, civil conflict in the Middle East, and terrorist strikes in New York City.

Beginning in 1999, he served as the deputy anchor for BBC News at One and ‘BBC News at Nine.’

In 2002, he pioneered an international news section for ‘BBC Four’ to raise public awareness of the suffering of the downtrodden. His debut novel, ‘A Passage to Africa,’ earned a ‘Madoc Award’ at the Hay Literary Festival the same year. In early 2003, he was elevated to co-anchor of ‘BBC News at Six.’ His second book, ‘A Home From Home,’ focuses on the immigrant experience. It came out in 2006. He became the only news presenter for ‘BBC News at Six’ in 2007, and he also presented ‘GMT with George Alagiah’ for ‘BBC World.’

Colorectal Cancer Alagia

On April 17, 2014, it was announced that Alagiah was receiving colorectal cancer therapy. “He is appreciative for all of the good wishes he has received so far and is optimistic about the result,” the BBC stated in a statement. Alagiah tweeted on June 28 that he was making “encouraging progress.” He announced the end of his treatment on Twitter in late October 2015, and he returned to the BBC on November 10, 2015. It was announced in January 2018 that his cancer had resurfaced and that he would require further therapy. Alagiah claimed in a March 2018 interview with The Sunday Times that his illness was fatal and that it might have been found sooner if the screening program in England, which is routinely provided to those over the age of 60, was the same as the screening program in Scotland, which is automatically offered from the age of 50.

Alagiah was diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid-March 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 epidemic, and had very minor symptoms. In June 2020, he stated that his cancer had progressed to his lungs, liver, and lymph nodes, but that he was not in a “chronic” or “terminal” stage.

Alagiah honors

  • In 1993, he was honored by the ‘Royal Television Society’ for his excellent international reporting.
  • He won an Amnesty International UK Media Award for best television journalist in 1994.
  • He was named ‘Media Personality of the Year’ by the ‘Ethnic Minority Media’ in 1998.
  • In addition, the famous journalist earned the coveted ‘Bayeux Award’ for combat reporting. In 2000, Alagiah and his teammates were awarded a ‘BAFTA’ for their coverage of the Kosovo War.
  • He was made an officer of the ‘Order of the British Empire,’ an English order of chivalry, in 2008.
  • In 2010, he was honored for exceptional accomplishment in television at the “Asian Awards,” which honor South Asian leaders’ achievements.

Alagiah’s books

  • The first film in the series is The Burning Land (2019).
  • From an Immigrant Boy to an Englishman: A Home Away From Home (2006).
  • “A Passage to Africa” (2001).

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