Reporter's Notebook: Remembering Baz Davies a great newsman and friend

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This is 1 for nan folks you don’t spot connected Fox News, but who helps to get nan publicity retired there, down nan camera, down nan scenes, ne'er tiring.  

In particular, I’m referring to a man named Baz Davies (Barry-John Davies). For years, he was a top-notch video editor and past a wide-ranging shaper for america astatine nan Fox News London bureau.    

Baz passed distant astatine nan property of 46. Cancer brought him down. It was a reliable yearslong conflict which he waged arsenic he did everything … pinch tone and determination. 

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We first worked together successful nan section successful 2012, erstwhile we sewage an overnight astonishment invitation to spell to North Korea to spot Kim Jong Un officially made leader. Our regular cameramen were away, and truthful I turned to Baz, who had worked arsenic a outer crockery usability earlier Fox News. On nan formation over, I turned to him and said, "By nan way, person you utilized a camera before?"  "Not really," he replied, "but I’ll helping it." And he did…very well, moreover erstwhile our tripod sewage mislaid astatine nan airport.

Our follow-up duty was covering a precocious schoolhouse prom successful a London suburb, reporting connected nan American institution’s transplant complete here. 

As you tin see, he worked pinch us, successful fact, connected nan widest scope of stories possible.  

In Ukraine, some successful nan cities of Kyiv and Lviv, done immoderate very difficult times for nan state … and for Fox News. 

During nan pro-democracy protests successful Hong Kong erstwhile nan aerial was afloat of fishy tear state and hurling brickbats. 

On nan separator pinch Hungary arsenic officials tangled pinch their ain migration crisis. 

In France for immoderate embattled statesmanlike elections and immoderate raucous celebrations astatine nan women’s World Cup final. 

The panic attacks that near their way done France, Belgium and nan remainder of Europe. 

In Sweden sorting retired nan enigma of hacker Julian Assange’s past.

At Normandy for moving meetings pinch courageous veterans of D-Day.

In London for information aft information of nan U.K.’s Brexit battle to time off nan European Union. 

Baz was lukewarm and funny, a person of life and people. He enjoyed moving pinch others, was ever location pinch a helping manus … and a quip.  

He was an master connected nutrient and enjoyed nan chance to bid sushi from nan hotel’s room work menu. 

He adored a bully governmental statement … often squaring-off pinch nan members of nan bureau.  

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He cherished music. We attended concerts together. He hated U2. I americium witnesser to him getting correct nan opening riff of Bruce Springsteen’s "Thunder Road" connected an electrical keyboard astatine work.

In fact, it was astatine Glastonbury, a semi-annual Woodstock-like euphony show present successful England, where, very romantically, he met nan female who would go his beloved wife, Sarah. 

He loved very overmuch nan family they would build. Sarah and Baz had 2 very tiny boys, Rex and Ned. They carved retired a beautiful life together successful a very beautiful location successful Cornwall, a seaside area of England. Also, a five-hour thrust from London which made for immoderate challenging commutes astatine nan opening and extremity of each week.

He was a brave man. When he sewage his crab diagnosis, he took nan situation connected successful full, enduring reliable operations as good arsenic treatments, utilizing Instagram to get his connection astir nan unspeakable illness retired location to nan wider public, arsenic his caring woman Sarah saw to each nan challenges of his disability. 

Just complete a week agone was nan past clip we saw Baz. London Bureau Chief Dragan Petrovic and I went down to Cornwall. It had been a while since we past saw him and nan illness had taken its toll. Baz was hardly capable to locomotion and enactment awake while we were pinch him.

But he said thing very important erstwhile we were there. That he had to make each time count. That he couldn’t discarded a infinitesimal of nan clip he had left.  At that point, it was clear that he knew location wouldn’t beryllium overmuch time. 

After a fewer hours, he told america he had to spell upstairs and return a nap. I hugged him. Dragan helped him into his bed. As we bade goodbye to a sweet, talented and funny friend. Rest successful bid Baz.