Who is George Alagiah?
Being a journalist is not an easy job. Each day, news reporters, forecasters and presenters work hard to gather information and deliver to public via news programs, radio and news papers. Today we are discussing about George Alagiah from Sri Lanka, who is one of the prominent journalist of BBC.
George Aliagiah is a British journalist, news reader and television news presenter. He is widely popular as the news presenter of rthe BBC News at Six, and former main presenter of GMT on BBC World News since 1st February 2010. He is one of the famous journalist for BBC, where Carol Kirkwood also serves as a journalist. George is currently serving as a main relief presenter for BBC Ten O'Clock News.
Alagiah was born on 22nd November 1955, in Colombo, Ceylon, Sri Lanka. Born to his Srilankan parents, he is of Asian ethnicity and holds British nationality. His father Donald Alagiah is a former engineer and mother Therese Alagiah is a house wife.
1961, George's parents shifted to Ghana, West Africa, where Alagiah joined Christ the King international School. Later, he attended St. John's College, in England. After graduating from college, George enrolled at Van Mildert College and Durham University to study politics.
During his days at Durham, Alagiah was a writer and editor for the student newspaper titled palatinate. Moreover, he was sabbatical officer of Durham Students' Union.
After his graduation, George served at South Magazine in 1982 and later worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation, where Alagiah became Developing World correspondent in London.
George kicked off his professional journalism career in 1989, when he joined the BBC network. He was named as the BBC's leading foreign correspondents, reporting on events ranging from the genocide in Wanda to plight of the Marsh Arabs in Southern Iraq to civil wars in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Afghanistan.
Moreover, Alagiah served as the presenter of BBC Four News from 2002. Later the programme was replaced as The World. In January 2003 he joined the BBC Six O'Clock News, along with the co-presenter Sophie Raworth until October 2005, and with Natasha Kaplinsky until October 2007.
Since 3rd December 2007, George is the sole presenter of the Six O'Clock News. Before that, Alagiah was the deputy anchor of the BBC One O'Clock News and BBC Nine O'Clock News from 1999. Since 3rd July 2006, George presented World News Today on BBC World News and BBC Two on 1st February 2010.
Personal Life With Marital Details
The famous British journalist is a married man. George married Frances Robathan in 1984. Alagiah first met his spouse during his days in the Univerisity. However, there are no details regardinng his wife.
George and his partner are living together since thirty four years and still seems to be happy and caring for each other. Moreover, there are ho rumors or controversies about the couple that leads into their separation or divorce.
George Alagiah's children
Since the marriage, George and Frances shares two children togethers. Both are sons, Adam Alagiah (23 years old) and Matthew Alagiah (19 years old).
Both of them have comepleted their high school, whereas the elder son Adam is enrolled into international developement and the younger is busy on building his career as a writer.
Diagnosed with cancer
On 17th April 2014, it was announced that George was under treatment for cancer.
At the time BBC stated,
"He is grateful for all the good wishes he has received thus far and is optimistic for a positive outcome."
On 28th June, Alagiah announced on his Twitter account that he was making "encouraging progress".
Ultimately, in October 2015, George announced on Twitter that his treatment was over and went back to the BBC on 10th November. However, in January 2018, the cancer had complexes and Alagiah had to undergo for treatment again.
During an interview with The Sunday Times in 2018, George said that his cancer was curable and could be discovered earlier.
Net Worth & Salary
The famous British journalist makes a decent money from his career. Its has been decades, George has been working for BBC, and no doubt he gets paid in huge numbers.
Alagiah gained huge fame after working for BBC in 1989. Before joining BBC, he served for seven years in print journalism with South Magazine.
Later, he started working as BBC’s leading foreign correspondents, presenting on events and later joined as newsreader and presenter. According to The Guardian, Alagiah makes $325,000 to $395,000 annually as BBC presenter.
Besides, he also earns from his books as an author. Till date, Alagiah has written four books. His most popular book is A Home From Home: From Immigrant Boy to English Man. The book can be bought from Amazon with a price range of $15.57. As of 2019, George's total net worth is estimated to be $3 million, which is more than another BBC journalist Susannah Streeter, whose net worth is still under review.
For more celebrity details, stick on marriedceleb.