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George Alagiah speaker

George Alagiah

London, UK

The longest serving presenter of BBC news at Ten

Specialist on Africa and the Developing World

Leading BBC Foreign correspondent (1989-2002)

George Alagiah OBE is one of the best known faces of news and foreign affairs on the BBC. Since December 2007 he has been the sole presenter of the flagship BBC News at Six and the main presenter of GMT on the BBC World News. He is also the longest serving presenter of the BBC News at Ten having held the role since it’s inception in 2000.

From 1989 to 2002, George was one of the BBC’s best foreign correspondents. He reported on a range of issues from around the world, including: the Rwandan genocide, the plight of Iraq’s Marsh Arabs and civil wars in Afghanistan, Libera, Sierra Leone and Somalia.

From this vantage, George has become a renowned specialist on Africa and the developing world, noted for his engaging interviews with figures such as: Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

In 2000, George was part of the BBC team awarded a BAFTA for coverage of the Kosovo conflict, he has twice won the Royal Television Society’s Best International Report (1993 & 1994). He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.

George Alagiah is a humanitarian who takes action against injustice as a member of many organisations such as: Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, and the The Fairtrade Foundation.

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Our Comment

"George’s extensive experience and calm demeanour have smoothed the course of many an interview and debate. Highly respected and with over 30 years experience on the front line of reporting his insight into Africa and the developing world are fascinating. "

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