New weekday programme at BBC World News

One of the Beeb's best known faces, George Alagiah has joined BBC World to present a new weekday news programme that has started airing from 22 January at 1.30 am IST. The new format news programme will draw on the BBC's newsgathering operation and will reflect the global stories of the day with a blend of high profile interviews and in depth interviews.

BBC World, that claims audience figures of 192 million households in 200 countries, will air the Alagiah specials from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Alagiah has been working with the broadcaster since 1989 and has actively been involved in reporting from Africa and other developing countries. He was part of the BBC team which collected a BAFTA award for covering the Kosovo conflict in 2000. George Alagiah has reported on a wide range oif important occurences. They include human organs trade in India, civil war and famine in Somalia, genocide in Rwanda, farm invasions in Zimbabwe and the Kosovan refugee crisis. He has also interviewed Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela. Between 1994-1998 he was based in Johannesburg as the broadcasters Africa correspondent. His book 'A Passage To Africa' was published last year.

Kirsty Lang another new face on BBC World will be the second presenter of the bulletin. She has worked as BBC News Paris Correspondent and as a reporter for Channel Four.

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