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BBC News launches 2024 Komla Dumor award

Komla Dumor


BBC News launches 2024 Komla Dumor award

This year also marks the tenth anniversary of the death of the Ghanaian journalist whose memory the award honours…

The Beeb have begun their search for this year’s winner of the BBC News Komla Dumor Award.

The winner of the award will spend three months working with the BBC news teams in London, across television, radio and online. They will be allowed to further develop their journalism skills through training, workshops and mentoring with leading BBC journalists.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to travel to a country in Africa to report on a story that they identify and research, and that will become part of the BBC’s content for global audience.

Liliane Landor, BBC World Service Director:

“Komla Dumor’s journalism and unforgettable screen presence, his passionate commitment to reporting Africa were a powerful driver of the BBC’s coverage of the continent. Through his legacy we want to continue to celebrate Africa’s journalistic excellence. We have been impressed and delighted with the calibre of talent that has shone through, thanks to the award in Komla’s name. We are proud to continue to nurture and enhance the skills of these journalists here at the BBC.”

Previous winners of the corporation scheme are, Paa Kwesi Asare (2023), Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya (2022), Victoria Rubadiri (2020), Solomon Serwanjja (2019), Waihiga Mwaura (2018), Amina Yuguda (2017), Didi Akinyelure (2016), Nancy Kacungira (2015),

Judges on this year’s panel comprise of Ehizojie Okharedia, Senior News Editor, BBC World Service, Magnus McGrandle, Senior News Editor, BBC News Channels and Lydia Namubiru, Editor-in-Chief, The Continent. For more information about the award, including how to apply, entry criteria, and terms and conditions, visit the BBC Careers website. Applications close at 23.59 GMT on 15 March 2024.

Dumor died from a heart attack on 18 January 2014 at his home in Rickmansworth, he had been broadcasting on BBC News Channel the day prior as usual. On 3 February 2014 Komla Dumor’s body was flown back to Ghana. Dumor was born in Accra, Ghana on 3 October 1972. He began his broadcasting career as the morning show host for Joy FM in Accra in 2003. Three years later he joined the BBC African Service in London as host of the radio programme Network Africa. From 2008 to 2012 he presented The World Today on the BBC World Service. In 2011 Dumor began presenting the World News and Africa Business Report on BBC World News and early mornings on BBC One and the BBC News Channel.

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