Staff invited to remember Komla Dumor

Komla Dumor Komla Dumor brought a 'joyous charm and boundless charisma' to his work at World News, said James Harding

A lunchtime gathering will take place near Broadcasting House on Monday to remember Komla Dumor.

Staff are invited to All Souls Church to share their grief and offer each other comfort after the sudden death of the World News presenter on Saturday.

Aged 41, Dumor is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

'Since the dreadful news about Komla on Saturday evening there has been widespread grief, from our audiences and from within the BBC,' said Peter Horrocks, director of global news. 'We all knew how loved and admired he was. The extent of that love has been shown by the outpouring.

'We know many people want to gather to recall Komla and to offer each other comfort.'

The Langham Place church will be available from 1-2pm. There will be brief tributes to Dumor, prayers and time for quiet reflection.

Dumor joined the BBC in 2007 as host of the World Service's Network Africa, before moving to its The World Today programme.

'Energy and enthusiasm'

The Ghanaian journalist - named as Ghana journalist of the year in 2003 - went on to work for World News, presenting Focus on Africa, the BBC's first dedicated daily tv news programme in English for African audiences.

He was 'committed to telling the story of Africa as it really is', Horrocks said.

'Africa's energy and enthusiasm seemed to shine through every story Komla told.'

James Harding, director of news and current affairs, believed that Komla played a 'singular role in transforming the coverage of Africa'.

'He brought a depth of understanding, a great deal of courage, a joyous charm and boundless charisma to his work,' he added.

Tributes have been paid from viewers around the world, with Dumor described as 'an icon', 'source of inspiration' and a 'truly dedicated and illustrious journalist'.

Meanwhile, BBC colleagues have reflected on the loss.

'Our BBC family tonight mourns loss of one of our brightest & best - Komla Dumor,' tweeted BBC News presenter Mishal Husain. 'Big heart, big personality, brilliant broadcaster.'

A formal memorial service for Dumor will follow at a later date.

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