BBC Manager Found Dead in Nairobi

  • A file image of the BBC studios
    A file image of the BBC studios
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  • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is mourning the death of one of its managers that happened on the evening of Friday, November 19.

    A memo sent to all staff of the giant media house indicated that the manager, Kate Mitchell, who was in charge of BBC Media Action's Senior Projects in the Ethiopian office, was found dead in her hotel room.

    It is still unclear what caused her sudden demise but the broadcaster noted that it was not related to her roles at the global corporation.

    The statement further noted that the UK High Commission in Kenya as well as the Police had been enjoined in the ongoing investigations.

    Workers outside BBC headquarters in London
    Workers outside BBC headquarters in London
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    "I am so sorry to inform you of the death of our colleague from BBC Media Action Kate Mitchell. She was in Nairobi and died in her hotel yesterday.

    "The circumstances of Kate’s death are not very clear at the moment and we are working with the UK high commission and the police in Nairobi. Of course we will offer every assistance that we can; and I will share anything that I can with you as soon as we are able to. There is no indication that her death is connected to her work or to the BBC," read the statement in part.

    Prior to her role in Ethiopia, Mitchell, who had worked with the BBC for 14 years, had been stationed in Zambia and South Sudan.

    "Kate worked with so many people over the past 14 years, particularly in Zambia, South Sudan and most recently in Ethiopia.

    "This news will be incredibly difficult for all of us, and especially for those teams who worked closely with Kate," added the statement.

    In her role, Mitchell was tasked with leading the media action which is the BBC’s international development charity.

    The charity worked alongside other media organisations to promote rights and reduce poverty around the world.

    "We believe media can inspire and support individuals and transform societies. We work with media to help reduce poverty and promote rights around the world.

    "Media helps people make sense of events, engage in dialogue, and shape their own lives. Yet many millions still lack access to free, reliable and practical information. We work with partners to help poor and marginalised people access their own rights, increase their choices and lead healthier lives," reads a description of the organisation.

    Inside the gallery room found at BBC office in Nairobi
    Inside the gallery room found at BBC office in Nairobi.
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