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Encyclopedia > George Alagiah
George Alagiah
Birth name George Maxwell Alagiah
Born 22 November 1955 (1955-11-22) (age 52)
Birth place Sri Lanka
Education Durham University
Circumstances
Occupation Journalist, Presenter
Spouse Frances Robathan (1984-present)
Ethnicity British
Notable credit(s) BBC News at Six
BBC World News

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Since 3 December 2007, he has been the sole presenter of the BBC News at Six. He has been the main presenter of BBC World News's World News Today programme since its launch. is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... BBC World News (previously BBC World) is the BBCs international news and current affairs television channel. ... World News Today launched in July 2006. ...

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Background

The Alagiah family were originally from Sri Lanka, where George was born and are Tamils, but his parents moved to Ghana in Africa, where George grew up from the age of five. Later, George attended a Catholic boarding school, St John's College, at Southsea in Hampshire, England before going to university. see Sri Lankan Tamils ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... A boarding school is a usually fee-charging school where some or all pupils not only study, but also live during term time, with their fellow students and possibly teachers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Southsea is a seaside resort located in Portsmouth at the southern tip of Portsea Island in the county of Hampshire in England. ... For other uses, see Hampshire (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


George read politics at Van Mildert College, Durham University.[1] Whilst at Durham he wrote for and became editor of the student newspaper Palatinate and was a sabbatical officer of Durham Students' Union. He worked on South Magazine from 1982 until joining the BBC, where he was the Developing World correspondent based in London and then Southern Africa correspondent in Johannesburg.[2] For other uses, see Politics (disambiguation). ... Van Mildert College, commonly known as Mildert, is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... Affiliations 1994 Group European University Association Association of MBAs EQUIS Universities UK N8 Group Association of Commonwealth Universities Website http://www. ... Palatinate is the Durham University student newspaper. ... Durham Students Unions building, Dunelm House The Durham Students Union is a body, set up as the Durham Colleges Students’ Representative Council in 1899 and renamed in 1969, with the intention of representing and providing welfare and services for the students of the University of Durham in Durham, England. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... This article is about the city in South Africa. ...


He returned to his grandfather's original home in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the 2004 Asian tsunami to survey the damage left.[3] The home had been destroyed, though an old well George recalled playing around with his sisters as a child was still recognisable, though unsalvagable. The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea (subduction) earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC December 26, 2004, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. ...


He is married to Frances Robathan.


Broadcasting career

Alagiah presenting the Six O'Clock News on BBC One and BBC News Channel in 2007.
Alagiah presenting the Six O'Clock News on BBC One and BBC News Channel in 2007.

Alagiah joined the BBC in 1989 after seven years in print journalism with South Magazine.[4] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2000 he was part of the BBC team which collected a Bafta award for its coverage of the Kosovo conflict. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ...


He was the presenter of BBC Four News from its launch in 2002; the programme was later relaunched as The World. Also see: 2002 (number). ...


George Alagiah joined the BBC Six O'Clock News in January 2003, which he co-presented with Sophie Raworth until October 2005, and then Natasha Kaplinsky until October 2007. Since 3 December 2007 he has been the sole presenter of the Six O' Clock News. Prior to this he was the deputy anchor of the BBC One O'Clock News from 1999. Since 3 July 2006, he has also presented World News Today, on BBC World News. Sophie Raworth (pronounced ) (born 15 May 1968) in Redhill, and also known as Sophie Winter is a newsreader on BBC Television in the UK. In April 2006, she became the main presenter of the BBC One OClock News, after the retirement of Anna Ford. ... For other uses, see October (disambiguation). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Natasha presenting the BBC Six OClock News The image above is believed to be a replaceable fair use image. ... For other uses, see October (disambiguation). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... World News Today launched in July 2006. ... BBC World News (previously BBC World) is the BBCs international news and current affairs television channel. ...


Before going behind the studio desk, George was one of the BBC's leading foreign correspondents, reporting on events ranging from the genocide in Rwanda, the plight of the marsh Arabs in southern Iraq and civil wars in Afghanistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia.[5]


He is a specialist on Africa and the developing world and has interviewed among others Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.[6] For other people named Mandela, or other uses, see Mandela. ... Archbishop Desmond Tutu Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born October 7, 1931) is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. ... The United Nations Secretary-General is the head of the Secretariat, one of the principal divisions of the United Nations. ... Kofi Atta Annan GCMG (born April 8, 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1, 1997 to January 1, 2007, serving two five-year terms. ... Mugabe redirects here. ...


His documentaries and features include reports on why affirmative action in America is a 'Lost Cause' for the Assignment programme, Saddam Hussein's genocidal campaign against the Kurds of northern Iraq for the BBC's Newsnight programme and reported on the last reunion of the veterans of Dunkirk.[7] Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Ethnocracy Anti-discriminatory Affirmative action in the United States Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity... Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was the fifth President of Iraq and Chairman of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council from 1979 until his overthrow by US forces in 2003. ... Kurds are one of the Iranian peoples and speak Kurdish, a north-Western Iranian language related to Persian. ... Newsnight is a British daily news analysis, current affairs and politics programme broadcast between 22:40 and 23:20 on weekdays on BBC Two. ... For other uses of Dunkirk or Dunkerque, see Dunkirk (disambiguation). ...


Alagiah has won numerous awards including Best International Report at the Royal Television Society in 1993 and Amnesty International's Best TV Journalist award in 1994. He has also been a member of the board of trustees of the UK-based human rights organisation, ARTICLE 19 since 2003.[8] The Royal Television Society is a British-based society for the discussion, analysis and preservation of television in all its forms, past, present and future. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Amnesty international Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is an international non-governmental organization which defines its mission as to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ... ARTICLE 19 is a human rights organisation with a specific mandate and focus on the defence and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide. ...


He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross...


References

  1. ^ BBC Press Office: George Alagiah. Retrieved on 2006-12-28.
  2. ^ BBC Press Office: George Alagiah. Retrieved on 2006-12-28.
  3. ^ BBC Press Office: George Alagiah. Retrieved on 2006-12-28.
  4. ^ NewsWatch: George Alagiah. Retrieved on 2006-12-28.
  5. ^ BBC Press Office: George Alagiah. Retrieved on 2006-12-28.
  6. ^ BBC Press Office: George Alagiah. Retrieved on 2006-12-28.
  7. ^ NewsWatch: George Alagiah. Retrieved on 2006-12-28.
  8. ^ Article 19 - Staff. Retrieved on 2007-11-18.

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External links

  • Profile from BBC Newswatch
  • Career (from World People's Blog)
  • BBC World: George Alagiah joins BBC World to present new peak-time news programme

See also

Elise Lucet, born May 30, 1963 in Rouen (Seine-Maritime), France, is a French investigative journalist and television host. ... 13 heures, originally 13 heures, le journal, is France 2s afternoon news program, seen weekdays at 1PM (13 heures). This France 2 news program is seen opposite the similarly-named news program on commercial broadcaster TF1, TF1 13 Heures, which has twice the viewership of France 2s program. ... Time zones of Europe: Light colours indicate countries that do not observe summer time Central European Time (CET) is one of the names of the time zone that is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. ... Metropolitan France Metropolitan France (French: or la Métropole) is the part of France located in Europe, including Corsica (French: Corse). ...

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BBC - Press Office - George Alagiah (452 words)
Among prominent figures interviewed by George Alagiah are: Nelson Mandela; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda; Kofi Annan of the United Nations; Yasser Arafat; President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe; and Tariq Aziz of Iraq.
George Alagiah is a patron of the following organisations: The Presswise Trust, the NAZ Project, the Parenting, Education and Support Forum and the Fairtrade Foundation.
George Alagiah was born in Sri Lanka in November 1955.
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