George Alagiah Biography

Published On Aug 30, 2016
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Date of Birth: 1955 , November-22
Birth Nation: Sri Lanka
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George married his wife Frances Robathan in 1984 and together they have two children- Adam and Matthew. He is never rumored to be engaged in an extra marital affair and is having a stable married life. He is of Sri Lankan nationality and Tamil ethnicity. Currently, he is a fit and fine person but in 2014, he was being treated for colorectal cancer and his cancer treatment was officially over on 28 October 2015.

After spending seven years in print journalism with South Magazine, Alagiah actually started his career on BBC in 1989. He was the co-presenter of BBC Six O’clock news and later he solely presented the program since December 3, 2007. The enthusiastic news presenter has interviewed great personalities including- Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

His tremendous works include the documentaries- Why the positive action in America is a 'Lost Cause', Saddam Hussein's genocidal campaign against the Kurds of northern Iraq and a report on the last reunion of the veterans of Dunkirk. He has been honored with different awards like Amnesty International UK Media Awards, Best International report, the Asian Awards, etc for his efforts and contribution. His net worth has not been officially disclosed yet but it is estimated to be at millions of dollars.  

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Born in Colombo, Ceylon

November 22 , 1955

George Alagiah was born in Colombo, Ceylon. His father is Donald Alagiah and he is an engineer and mother, Therese. His parents were Sri Lankan Tamil and he does have sisters too .He is of British nationality and Tamil ethnicity.

His family moved to Ghana

1961

The family moved to Ghana in West Africa in 1961 and he did his primary studies at Christ the King International School. He passed out his higher secondary education from St. John’s College, he did his graduation in politics from Van Mildert College, Durham University.

Worked on South Magazine

1982

From 1982, he started working on South Magazine, until he joined the BBC. He worked there as the Developing World Correspondent based in London and then South Africa correspondent in Johannesburg. He worked there for 7 years in print journalism.

Got married with Frances Robathan

1984

George married his wife Frances Robathan in 1984 and the couple together has two children- Adam and Matthew. He is never rumored to be engaged in the extramarital affair. He has a solid relation like with his wife and is having a stable married life.

Joined BBC

1989

After working for South Magazine, he joined BBC in the year 1989. He was one of the leading correspondents of BBC before going behind the studio desk. He reported different events including civil wars in Afghanistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia.

Returned to Sri Lanka

2004

In the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami, he returned to Sri Lanka where there is his grandfather's original home. He went there to survey the damage. His former home was damaged although he was able to recognize it because of the well where he used to play with his sisters.

Became the sole presenter of BBC

December 3 , 2007

He was the co-presenter of BBC Six O’clock news and later he solely presented the program since December 3, 2007. His contributions have been honored with different awards like Amnesty International UK Media Awards, Best International report, the Asian Awards, etc.

Successfully recovered colorectal cancer

October 28 , 2015

On 17 April 2014, it was announced that he was being treated for colorectal cancer. On June 28, he announced on Twitter about his encouraging progress and his cancer treatment was officially over on 28 October 2015.He returned back to the BBC on 10 November.