Ex-KBC Journalist Behind Media Coverage of 17 International Events

  • Inside the COP27 Newsroom in Eqypt.
    Inside the COP27 Newsroom in Eqypt.
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  • Former Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) producer Tim Davis was the brains behind 17 Conferences of Parties (COP) held in different parts of the world.

    Davis had been responsible for planning media centres under the umbrella of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), giving various world leaders coverage during the event.

    The Kenyan is the manager of the International Broadcasting Centre, which holds exclusive coverage of the conference organised by the United Nations (UN) after every four years.

    Photo collage of Tim Davis at his office during the COP27 coneference in Egypt on Wednesday November 16, 2022
    Photo collage of Tim Davis at his office during the COP27 conference in Egypt on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
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    "I help to design the media centre. I have to anticipate what medium may anticipate and what accommodation they will require," Davis told KBC on Thursday, November 17.

    Davis impressed UNFCC following his first assignment, where KBC was among the media houses invited to cover the international event. The global body tapped into his expertise and permanently acquired his services.

    "I was invited to help UNFCC to manage KBC, who did the broadcasting and to manage the media who were there.

    I obviously must have impressed some people, the following year, they invited me to the following COP, and now I have been going to every COP ever since," he stated.

    His latest assignment was organising the media coverage of the COP27 conference, which was held in Egypt. President William Ruto, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, UAE President Sheikh Mohamed and Tanzania's Samia Suluhu Hassan, among other leaders, attended.

    The former KBC producer hosted over 4,000 journalists and other media practitioners who travelled to Egypt. To enable easy transmission and coverage, Davis designed a media centre serving the television, radio and international press agencies.

    The facility provided live video and audio pool feeds to all journalists who attended the event. Davis also provided transmission facilities, stand-up positions for live programme inserts and tape play-out.

    Davis further revealed that he intends to host three COP events before retiring. He however intends to keep his legacy alive by empowering other journalists to take over.

    "As I plan to leave the job, I plan to take some assistance so that my work can continue," he stated.

    President William Ruto (left) meets UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during COP27 Conference on Monday, November 7, 2022.
    President William Ruto (left) meets UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during COP27 Conference on Monday, November 7, 2022.
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