Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

BBC presenter Dumor dies aged 41

BBC bosses are mourning the death of presenter Komla Dumor

Tributes have been paid to BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor, one of Ghana's best-known journalists, after he died suddenly at his home in London at the age of 41, the corporation has announced.

Ghana-born Mr Dumor was remembered by broadcaster and BBC Radio 4 Today presenter Mishal Husain as "one of our brightest and best" while the BBC's Global News director Peter Horrocks 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, Mr Dumor had forged an impressive career which saw him named as one of New African's 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.

Mr Dumor became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News in 2009.

Ms 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."

Mr 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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