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Last Updated:  Sunday, 30 March, 2003, 14:32 GMT 15:32 UK
Profile: Gaby Rado
Gaby Rado
He believed TV coverage helped end the Bosnian war
Channel 4 foreign affairs correspondent Gaby Rado, found dead while reporting on the Iraq conflict, was a highly experienced journalist.

Born in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, he emigrated to England at the age of eight and went on to read English at Christ's College, Cambridge.

He got his journalistic start at the Kentish Weekly Times in London in 1976 and he began his broadcast career at the BBC, where he worked as a radio reporter and television sub-editor.

He joined ITN in 1985 as a writer before transferring to Channel 4 News in 1988.

Major upheavals

Specialising in foreign affairs, he covered most of the major international upheavals of the past 10 years.

These included the conflict in Afghanistan in late 2001, the fall of communism in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe generally, the war in Bosnia and in Kosovo.

He also reported from the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic.

This report on the background to the trial won him one of his three Amnesty International awards.

Gaby Rado, 48, served as Channel 4 News Moscow correspondent from 1991 to 1992 and he also reported widely on European Community affairs.

I'm not a campaigning journalist - it is too easy to start providing an unbalanced account if you go down that route
Gaby Rado
He was a fierce opponent of any moves by broadcasters to 'dumb down' news coverage.

Interviewed in March 2002 while at the Centre for Journalism at Trinity and All Saints College in Leeds, he said: "I believe that the media, TV in particular, ended the Bosnian War. That's my own personal view.

"Bill Clinton woke up in July 1995 to see that 7,000 people had been massacred in Bosnia. TV was screaming 'This cannot go on.' It seems to me to be no coincidence that in early August, Operation Storm began."

One story he covered in Bosnia, highlighting conditions in a Sarajevo hospital, was rebroadcast in Norway.

As a result, the Norwegian government sent large amounts of aid to improve the situation.

In that same March 2002 interview, he said: "I'm not a campaigning journalist - it is too easy to start providing an unbalanced account if you go down that route - but I am proud that some good came out of that particular report."

He met his second wife, Dessa, whilst on assignment in Serbia.

He had two children by his first wife, Carol Rado.


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