Monday, January 20, 2014

BBC presenter Komla Dumor dies at 41 | Media |

Ghana-born journalist described by colleagues as a 'leading light of African journalism'

Komla Dumor

Komla Dumor was one of Ghana's best known journalists. Photograph: BBC
BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor, one of Ghana's best-known journalists, has died suddenly at his home in London at the age of 41, the corporation has announced.
Ghana-born Dumor was remembered by broadcaster and BBC Radio 4 Today presenter Mishal Husain as "one of our brightest and best". Peter Horrocks, the BBC's global news director described him as "a leading light of African journalism".
Since joining the BBC in 2007, after a decade of broadcast journalism where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award, Dumor had forged an impressive career which saw him named by New African magazine among the 100 most influential Africans in 2013.
Between 2007 and 2009 he hosted Network Africa for the BBC World Service before joining The World Today programme.
Dumor became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News in 2009.
Husain took to Twitter to share her condolences, tweeting: "Our BBC family tonight mourns loss of one of our brightest & best - Komla Dumor. Big heart, big personality, brilliant broadcaster
"Komla developed his own unique on air style, seamlessly moved between TV and radio & influenced Africa coverage across the BBC."
Horrocks, said: "Komla's many friends and colleagues across Africa and the world will be as devastated as we are by this shocking news. Komla was a leading light of African journalism - committed to telling the story of Africa as it really is. Africa's energy and enthusiasm seemed to shine through every story Komla told. He will be deeply missed."
Richard Porter, the controller of English services for BBC Global News,tweeted: "Devastated at the news about Komla. Talented, clever, warm, charismatic. A great journalist and a great ambassador for the BBC."

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