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Kurt Barling
Kurt Barling
Kurt Barling

Kurt began his career as a lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics.

In 1989 he swapped the world of theory for a more practical experience in BBC journalism.

He had a baptism of fire covering the fall of the Berlin Wall as part of the team making the first documentary from the "wall-free" Communist East.

A documentary on how the United Nations could ensure children's rights followed.

Whilst shooting in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the USA on this film, he became the first British journalist to report on police death squads killing Brazilian street children.

His foreign affairs background took him to BBC2's Assignment where he made films about President Mitterrand, General Noriega and a path breaking programme which forecast a bloody conflict as Yugoslavia stood on the brink of disintegration.

After a spell as a BBC News producer he joined The Money Programme and produced a range of films on business matters in the UK and Europe.

Kurt then directed several films for BBC South East's current affairs series First Sight. It was at this point that he began reporting with a move to the fledgling Radio 5 Live.

His radio credits include R4's Inside Money for the BBC's business unit and a series on the impact of new technology in the workplace from around Britain. From here he joined the long running R4 series Money Box as a reporter.

When the BBC launched Black Britain Kurt moved in front of camera. In its first season he gained exclusive access to Pentonville prison to look at the growth of Islam amongst black prisoners.

He reported from Atlanta on the black and white prejudice against mixed race children, and also investigated the increasing numbers of firearms related murders in the West Midlands.

Kurt's reporting for BBC News gained him his first national award, winning the 1997 CRE reporter of the year award.

Early investigative film credits include stories on a housing development scam in Jamaica and the smuggling of Mandrax from Europe into South Africa. An undercover report in West Africa on the theft and smuggling of artifacts helped Kurt win another CRE award in 1998.

As a BBC News Correspondent from 1997-2000, Kurt covered a wide range of running stories for BBC News as well as Newsnight and Correspondent.

Other high profile TV credits include "Trouble at the Mosque" an 18-month investigation into the mis-management of Britain's Muslim places of worship for Channel 4, "41 Bullets" which examined the real NYPD and the award winning documentary film "Who Killed PC Blakelock" for BBC2 in 2004.

Since September 11, 2001 he has been the Special Correspondent for BBC London News where he says his Ph.D. in International Relations is being put to good use in the world's most ethnically diverse city.

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