Funeral held for BBC stalwart Donkin

The funeral is due to take place tomorrow of BBC radio reporter Mike Donkin who died last week after suffering from cancer. He was 56.

He joined BBC local radio after a spell in newspapers.

Helen Boaden, head of BBC News, said: ‘He made an impact with his reporting from some of the most difficult places to access – Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia in the days of ethnic cleansing and prison camps. He also did some excellent work from Northern Ireland.

‘More recently he embraced new technologies and multi-skilling with great enthusiasm and creativity, working extensively with producer Peter Emmerson. Their last story together was in the summer when they went to Denmark to make a film about the Muslim community there.’

The funeral was due to take place on Friday at Mortlake Crematorium in south-west London.

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