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Meet George Alagiah


George Alagiah talks about his career in journalism

George Alagiah presents GMT at 1200 and 1230 GMT weekdays on BBC World News channel.

The programme features breaking news and updates on global events, in-depth analysis by prominent commentators, and interviews with leading newsmakers and opinion leaders.

The programme is targeted to evening audiences in the Asia-Pacific region and early morning audiences based in the east coast of the United States.

BBC World News channel
Weekdays 1200 and 1230 GMT

Since January 2003, George has presented the UK's BBC Six O'Clock News. In March 2002, he launched BBC Four's international news programme.

George joined the BBC in 1989 after seven years in print journalism.

Before going behind the studio desk he was one of the BBC's leading foreign correspondents, reporting on events including the genocide in Rwanda, the plight of the marsh Arabs in Iraq and civil wars in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.

He has presented live news programmes from Sri Lanka following the December 2004 tsunami , as well as reporting from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and from Pakistan following the South-Asian earthquake.

George has interviewed, among others, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

His documentaries and features include reports on why affirmative action in America is a "lost cause" for the Assignment programme, Saddam Hussein's campaign against the Kurds of northern Iraq for the BBC's Newsnight programme and he reported on the last reunion of the veterans of Dunkirk.

George 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.

In 2000 he was part of the BBC team which collected a Bafta award for its coverage of the Kosovo conflict.

George's first book, A Passage to Africa, was published in September 2001. It won the Madoc Award at the 2002 Hay Literary Festival.

Alagiah's essay, Shaking the Foundations, was published by the BBC in a book on the aftermath of September 11 and most recently he wrote A Home From Home.

George was born in Sri Lanka in November 1955. His primary education was in Ghana where his parents moved in 1961. He attended secondary school at St John's College in Portsmouth, England and is a graduate of Durham University.

GMT with George Alagiah is broadcast weekdays at 1200 and 1230 GMT on BBC World News channel. Find out more information about regional broadcast times here.

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