George Alagiah’s family: who are the BBC presenter’s sons?

Much-loved BBC news anchor George Alagiah has sadly passed away.

The popular presenter leaves behind his wife and two sons.

The late George Alagiah with his wife Frances and two sons


The late George Alagiah with his wife Frances and two sonsPhoto credit: SWNS

Who are George Alagiah’s children?

Along with his wife Frances Robathan, George Alagiah welcomed two children.

Their eldest son is Adam, who was born in 1988.

Four years later, in 1992, George and Frances had another boy, this time naming their son Matthew.

The proud father previously spoke about his children in 2010 The guard: “Adam and Matthew, 23 and 19, are great boys.

“If I were her age, I would love to be her boyfriend. The older one is doing international development and I think Matthew could be a writer.”

“We’re in the transition phase that other parents worry about: losing control and all that.

“But I can’t wait for them to drive the car and I’ll doze in the back.

“There is a Tamil proverb where a father waits for the day when he enters a room and people say: This is so-and-so’s father.”

“Once your kids are the reference point, you know you’ve done your job.”

When did George Alagiah die?

On July 24, 2023, it was announced that George had sadly passed away after a long battle with colon cancer.

He was first diagnosed with the disease in April 2014.

George’s agent confirmed that he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and loved ones.

She said: George fought to the bitter end but unfortunately that fight ended earlier today.

“George was loved dearly by everyone who knew him, be it a friend, colleague or member of the public. He was just a wonderful person.”

“My thoughts are with Fran, the boys and his family.”

Who paid tribute to George Alagiah?

As news of George’s death spread, tributes immediately flocked to the popular presenter.

BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty fought back tears as she announced his sad death live on air.

Meanwhile, journalist Charlene White tweeted: “George was such a beautiful soul inside and out. His smile could light up a room with such ease.”

“We have worked with them on several occasions @Arcelcanceruk.

“Such a great loss of an incredibly brilliant, kind and talented man. I send so much love to his family and colleagues.”

BBC News World Editor George Simpson also took to Twitter to pay his respects.

He wrote, “Deeply sorry to hear from dear George Alagiah.”

“A gentler, kinder, more insightful and courageous friend and colleague could hardly be found. I loved having his company at the BBC World Affairs Unit and it was a pleasure to watch his progress afterwards.”

Sky News journalist Mark Austin added: “This breaks my heart. A good man, a rival in the foreign correspondent ranks, but above all a friend.”

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“If good journalism is about empathy, and it often is, then George Alagiah had a lot of it.

“He understood injustice and the power of good reporting to highlight, if not correct, it…”

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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