George Alagiah was a British newsreader, journalist, and television news presenter. He was born on November 22, 1955.
Alagiah joined the BBC in 1989 after working in print journalism with South Magazine.
He started his career at the BBC as a foreign correspondent, reporting on various events such as the genocide in Rwanda, the civil wars in Afghanistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Somalia, and the plight of the Marsh Arabs in southern Iraq.
Alagiah became one of the BBC’s longest-serving newsreaders and was known for his reassuring presence behind the BBC News desk.
He presented the BBC News at Six and GMT (TV series) and was a regular presenter on World News Today and BBC World News.
In addition to his work as a newsreader, Alagiah was also an author. He wrote a memoir titled “The Burning Land: My Journey Through a War-torn World”.
Unfortunately, Alagiah passed away at the age of 67. He had been battling bowel cancer. His death was announced by the BBC on Monday, July 24.
George Alagiah cause of death
Alagiah has died after a long battle with bowel cancer, Hello Magazine reported.
He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 and had been open about his cancer journey, taking time off work to undergo treatment and returning to work after going into remission.
However, in 2020, he revealed that his cancer had returned and spread to his lungs and liver.
Alagiah was a respected journalist and newsreader, known for his work on BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten.
He was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the UK in the 1970s to study politics and economics at Durham University.
He began his career in journalism at the BBC World Service before moving to BBC News.
Alagiah was widely respected by his colleagues and viewers alike, and his death has been met with an outpouring of tributes from across the media industry.
He is survived by his wife, Frances, and their two sons.