George Alagiah speaking to School Reporters
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George Alagiah speaks to School Reporters at The Bridge Academy in Hackney

15 October 2013 Last updated at 18:03 BST

George Alagiah has visited The Bridge Academy in Hackney and delivered an inspirational speech as part of the 'Speakers for Schools' programme.

BBC News School Reporters Hamish, 14, Yaren, 14, Nichelle, 14 and Meggy, 14, covered the event for their school and for the BBC, and then were given a chance to interview George Alagiah themselves after his speech. He told them about his career and how he copes with nerves, and said "all of you are going to do something really special!"