BBC's George Alagiah leaves modest sum in will to family after long battle with cancer

George Alagiah
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The late BBC newsreader George Alagiah left just £49,000 to his wife and family in his will. He died on July 24 last year at the age of 67, following a ten-year battle with bowel cancer.

The former News at Six presenter's will revealed he had £49,387 to his name at the time of his death. The document stipulates that the money is to be given to the sole executrix, his widow Frances Alagiah. The couple were married for 39 years and have two sons, Adam and Matthew.

According to the BBC, Alagiah earned between £335,000 and £399,999. The corporation releases the salaries of its highest-paid stars, and the figures were published two weeks before his death.

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The will also stated that if his wife were to die before him, his sister Miriam Christine Denington would become the guardian of his children, as reported by Needs To Know, reports the Mirror. Alagiah then named his four sisters and sister-in-law as his trustees, each to receive an equal share of his estate. The respected journalist and presenter also expressed his wish for his body to be cremated.

The Last Will and Testament of George Maxwell Aligiah, proved and registered before the High Court of Justice, states:. "I appoint my wife Frances Alagiah to be Sole Executrix of this my will but if she shall have died in my lifetime or before proving my Will or shall renounce probate or be unable or unwilling for whatever reason to prove my will the I appoint as alternate Executors and Trustees of my Will my sister-in-law Helen Robathan and my sister Miriam Christine Denington and I declare that the person or person who shall prove my will are hereinafter referred to as 'my trustees'."

"My trustees shall have the power to invest as freely as if they were beneficially entitled. My trustees shall have the power to insure any asset of my estate on such terms as they think fit and to pay premiums out of income or capital."

"To use any insurance money received to restore the asset or if this is not possible to apply it as if it were the proceeds of its sale. My trustees may use the income or capital of my estate for or towards the cost of maintaining or improving freehold or leasehold property forming part of my estate."

George and family
News reader George Alagiah accompanied by his wife Frances and sons Adam, 21, left and Matt, 17, at Buckingham Palace, after collecting his OBE from the Queen. -Credit:PA

"My trustees shall have the power in exercising the statutory power of appointing new trustees to appoint a professional person or trust corporation at such remuneration and on such other terms as shall be agreed." The administration of the estate was granted by the High Court to the Executor, Frances Alagiah.

The application said the gross value of the estate in the United Kingdom amounted to £49,387.00 and the net value amounted to £49,387.00. The presenter was the face of BBC News at Six since 2007.

He was diagnosed with bowel cancer nine years ago and underwent 17 rounds of chemotherapy and five operations to treat the disease in 2014, which spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

The father-of-two returned to work following his treatment and credited his job with "keeping energised and motivated". But he later told viewers he needed to take a step back, saying, "It's back to the tough stuff" after he was told the disease had returned.