roger pearce65, is the third journalist killed while covering the World Cup in Qatar.
The news came after the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) publicly sent its condolences to the family and friends of Qatari photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam, the second informant who died during the 2022 World Cup.
After the death of the American Grant Wahl last Saturday, when he collapsed during the Netherlands-Argentina game, a second journalist who was accredited died over the weekend.
The AIPS recalled through the message that three weeks ago the technical director of ITV, Roger Pearce, who was to begin his eighth World Cup coverage, also died in Qatar, the network confirmed.
There are 3 journalists killed in Qatar:
Roger Pearce (65 USA), ITV Sport technical director.
Grant Wahl (49 USA) collapsed in the extra time of Argentina-Nederland. His body was transferred to New York where they will do an autopsy
Khalid al-Misslam (43 QAT), cameraman Al Kass. pic.twitter.com/8tCzz4YaBC
— Cesar Augusto Londoño (@cesaralo)
December 13, 2022
Though his death occurred on November 19Little had been said about his case. The deaths of Khalid al-Misslam, Grant Wahl gave visibility to what happened with the British.
During the match between the USA and Wales, his ITV Sports partner Mark Pougatch shared the devastating news.
“ITV Technical Director Roger Pearce, who was here embarking on his eighth World Cup, has sadly passed away. Roger and his team are the brilliant people who bring the pictures into their homes and make it all happen,” Pougatch said.
And he continued: “Roger was a highly respected figure in the sports broadcasting industry on television.”
According to Neil Stainsby, a BBC reporter and personal friend of Pearce’s, he only had five weeks to go before retirement..
“It is truly sad to learn of the death of my friend and former ITV Meridian colleague Roger Pearce,” Stainsby wrote on Twitter. He died on his last mission in Qatar before retiring in 5 weeks.”
So sad to hear of the passing of my friend and former colleague at ITV Meridian, Roger Pearce. He died on his last assignment from him in Qatar before retirement in 5 weeks time. RIP Roger.
—Neil Stainsby (@Neilstainsby)
November 21, 2022
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “The ITV Sport team is devastated by the passing of Roger. He was a brilliant technical director and a wonderful colleague and friend. His service to ITV for over 40 years was a testament to his loyalty to the company. Our thoughts are with his family and those close to him.”
No detailed information has been released about the cause of Pearce’s death.