Today was the funeral of Mike Donkin, the BBC News correspondent who died of cancer last week at the age of 56.
There have been many tributes paid to Mike, who was not just a great reporter but a lovely man as well.
I worked with him many times as a television producer on the Six and Nine O’Clock news in the 1980s and 90s. Later, when I was running Newsgathering, Mike was providing radio and television reports of the highest quality from a huge variety of locations – he was always someone you could rely on absolutely to get the best from an assignment or story.
In tribute to Mike we have assembled a collection of some of his memorable reports. In 2002 he defied Robert Mugabe’s ban on BBC journalists entering Zimbabwe with some graphic reporting on conditions in the country. You can watch some of the results here.
Iraq was a country Mike visited at various points in its recent troubled history. What Mike always tried to do was to make his stories come alive by telling the story of ordinary people and that is particularly true in this piece.
One of the great things about Mike was the range of subjects he could cover. He was not a war specialist or someone who could only comfortably deal with softer features. His reports from the Pacific, as the world prepared for the new millennium, showed one of his defining characteristics - his power with the English language.
Libya is not an easy place to gain people’s trust and openness but this account shows how Mike made the effort to talk to people and get them to open up.
And in one of his final assignments Mike explored a theme of our age – the impact of migration across Europe. Being Mike, he found a fresh angle and produced a vivid report, again based around the accounts of the people directly affected.
On this day more than any other, I think it’s right we allow Mike’s reporting to speak for him. His death has left a sense of loss and shock for all those who knew him in BBC News. We often talk about the values we stand for; Mike was a great embodiment of them.