George Alagiah Diagnosed With Bowel Cancer

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BBC newsman and presenter George Alagiah is battling bowel cancer. The 58-year old journalist will now take a break from work and duties in the BBC’s flagship News at Six and News at Ten, while he undergoes treatment for cancer.

A released statement from the network reads,

“He is grateful for all the good wishes he has received thus far and is optimistic for a positive outcome.”
“George asks that he and his family are given the space and privacy they require whilst he recovers. Our thoughts are with him and his family and we send them our very best wishes during this time.”

Since 2007, he has been the presenter of the BBC News at Six and has also been the main presenter of GMT on BBC World News since its launched on February 1 2010.

He is also the main presenter for the BBC News at Ten and has held this role since its launched in 2000, making him the longest serving presenter of the flagship news programme.

As a specialist on Africa and the developing world, he has interviewed Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

His other 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 and a report on the last reunion of the veterans of Dunkirk.

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