SL born BBC newsreader diagnosed with cancer

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Sri Lankan-born newsreader George Alagiah has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, the BBC said today.

The corporation said that Mr Alagiah will be off-air for the near future while he receives treatment, adding that he is "optimistic" about the outcome.

The 58 year-old has been a familiar figure on TV news bulletins for many years.

The Sri Lanka-born journalist has been the face of BBC1's News At Six since 2007.

He has also been the main relief presenter of the News at Ten since 2000.
In a statement, the BBC said: "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.

"Until such time as George is well enough to return to work the BBC News at Six and GMT on BBC World News will be presented as usual by familiar faces from BBC News."

During his career, Mr Alagiah has specialised in Africa and the developing world, interviewing Nelson Mandel, Desmond Tutu and Robert Mugabe.

In 2004, he visited his grandfather's home in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami.
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  • radnaxela Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:01 AM

    I believe he is the grandson of the late Lawyer, Archibald Alagiah. Am I correct? Our prayers and good wishes to him.

    imthiyas Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:06 PM

    god bless you via DM Android App

    S. Perera Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:45 AM

    Nothing to worry he will definitely recover, cancer treatment is so advanced in UK However out wishes are with him. God Bless him!

    Vijay Thursday, 17 April 2014 04:29 PM

    Get well soon

    Nazeer Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:02 PM

    Have total faith inHim.HE will never let you down.

    Harry Dematagoda Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:26 PM

    George, We will assure our prayers for you specilly during this Easter. We miss our favorite, News reader on BBC. We hardly miss your news on the BBS since 2007. George..We wish a happy easter! We pray you will be better soon! May God bless you abundandly!

    Harry Dematagoda Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:28 PM

    Hope you will be better soon!

    K.Rupakan Saturday, 19 April 2014 12:45 PM

    We are very much proud about your service and being a representative .We too pray to the God for your recovery.

    Krish Kumar Friday, 18 April 2014 04:11 AM

    We will pray for you

    Stev Friday, 18 April 2014 10:00 AM

    Wish you a speedy recovery. Pray and continue to pray and Jesus can heal you. We will pray for you. Blessings.

    jinadasa Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:14 PM

    Dear George .I liked you very much as a news reader .Get well soon .God bless you via DM iPad app

    kan Friday, 18 April 2014 04:42 AM

    Get well and come back with a good news.

    Evangeline Friday, 18 April 2014 04:54 AM

    Wish you a full and speedy recovery

    Gaffoor Friday, 18 April 2014 07:33 AM

    I sincerely pray for your quick recovery.

    freking Friday, 18 April 2014 05:15 AM

    Pls dont come to your native place. God bless you.


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