Esteemed BBC newsreader George Alagiah, whose name became synonymous with excellence in journalism, has sadly left us at the age of 67. His agent, Mary Greenham, delivered the somber news to the PA news agency, stating that George Alagiah passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Throughout his courageous battle with stage four bowel cancer, which had spread to his liver and lymph nodes, Alagiah displayed incredible resilience and determination. He faced the challenges of his illness head-on, undergoing numerous rounds of chemotherapy and intricate surgeries, all while remaining a beacon of strength and positivity.
The news of Alagiah’s passing deeply saddened those who knew him, both personally and professionally. His warm and affable nature endeared him to everyone he met, and his loss is mourned by a vast community of colleagues, friends, and admirers. Mary Greenham extended her heartfelt sympathies to Fran, his wife, their children, and the extended family during this difficult time of grief.
As the face of BBC One’s News At Six, George Alagiah earned the admiration of viewers and peers alike for his exceptional journalism and unwavering dedication to his craft. His interviews with notable figures, including Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, showcased his journalistic prowess and ability to connect with people from all walks of life.
BBC director-general Tim Davie paid tribute to Alagiah through a heartfelt statement on social media, recognizing him as one of the most outstanding and fearless journalists of his generation. Beyond his professional accolades, Alagiah’s genuine kindness, empathy, and humanity endeared him to audiences worldwide, making him a beloved figure in the hearts of many.
George Alagiah’s journey with the BBC began in 1989, where he first distinguished himself as a highly-regarded foreign correspondent before taking on the role of a solo news anchor for BBC News At Six. His engaging and insightful reporting resonated with audiences, earning him a well-deserved place among the industry’s finest.
In addition to his broadcast career, Alagiah also made a significant impact as an accomplished author. His book, “A Home From Home: From Immigrant Boy to English Man” (2006), eloquently captured his immigrant experience, resonating with readers and offering profound insights into the human journey.
The passing of George Alagiah marks a tremendous loss for the world of journalism and beyond. His legacy as a compassionate, skilled, and principled journalist will continue to inspire generations to come, reminding us of the enduring power of storytelling and the impact one person can make on the lives of many.