ITN journalists past and present attended this week’s funeral of Channel 4 News foreign correspondent Gaby Rado, writes Wale Azeez.
Rado died after falling from the roof of his hotel in northern Iraq last month. The funeral took place on Monday at St Catherine’s Church in Knockholt, near Sevenoaks, where Rado lived with his second wife Dessa.
Jonathan Rugman, Channel 4 News’s business correspondent, who attended, said it was one of the saddest days in ITN’s history.
“It was a very contemplative event – there were no hymns – and well attended. The history of ITN was there,” he said, as old and more recent colleagues of Rado came to pay their respects.
Attendees included ITN editor-in-chief Stewart Purvis; BBC News 24 anchor Peter Sissons, who was Channel 4 News’s first presenter and is also a Sevenoaks resident; BBC Four’s Kirsty Lang; and Sarah Nathan, former Channel 4 News editor and now deputy chair of the content board at new media regulator Ofcom.
Tributes were read by Rado’s sons Tom and Louis and Channel 4 News correspondent Lindsay Taylor. A memorial service will be arranged by ITN at a later date.