George Alagiah joined the BBC in 1989 after seven years in print journalism with South Magazine. He currently presents the Six O’clock News, Britain’s most watched news programme, and World News Today for the BBC’s global channel. Before going behind the studio desk, Alagiah was one of the BBC’s leading foreign correspondents, recognised throughout the industry for his reporting on some of the most significant events of the last decade and a half.
He has won several awards including: the Critics Award and the Golden Nymph Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival (1992); award for Best International Report at the Royal Television Society (1993); commendation from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (1993); Amnesty International’s Best TV Journalist award (1994); the One World Broadcasting Trust award (1994); the James Cameron Memorial Trust award (1995); and the Bayeux Award for War Reporting (1996). In 1998 he was voted Media Personality of the Year at the Ethnic Minority Media Awards. In 2000 he was part of the BBC team which collected a BAFTA award for its coverage of the Kosovo conflict.
He is a patron of the following organisations: the Fairtrade Foundation; the NAZ Project; the Parenting, Education and Support Forum. He is a trustee of Article 19.
His first book, A Passage to Africa, was published by Little, Brown & Company in September 2001. It won the Madoc Award at the 2002 Hay Literary Festival. Alagiah’s essay Shaking the Foundations has been published by the BBC in its book on the aftermath of September 11. A book on multiculturalism in Britain, A Home from Home, was published in September 2006.
George was born in Sri Lanka. His primary education was in Ghana where his parents moved to in 1961. He attended secondary school at St John’s College in Portsmouth, England and is a graduate of Durham University. He is married, has two sons and lives in north London.