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Ken Rees dies of cancer aged 76

Former ITN reporter Ken Rees has died of cancer aged 76.

Mr Rees was a familiar face on television throughout the 80s and 90s, reporting from across the world as he covered stories including the civil war in Beirut, the Falklands campaign and the first Gulf War in 1991.

Following his time as the broadcaster’s northern correspondent, Mr Rees was promoted to the ITN Washington office in the mid-80s to work alongside the then resident-reporter Jon Snow.

Former ITN reporter Ken Rees has died of cancer aged 76. Pictured: Rees during a broadcast

Former ITN reporter Ken Rees has died of cancer aged 76. Pictured: Rees during a broadcast

Former ITN reporter Ken Rees has died of cancer aged 76. Pictured: Rees during a broadcast

His talents were recognised in 1986 when he was named reporter of the year by the Royal Television Society, with judges praising him for ‘his ability to report effectively and sympathetically on every kind of story from hard news to personal human tragedy’.

Nigel Hancock, his former chief news editor at ITN, said: ‘Ken was a legend in television news.

‘He stood near six-and-a-half feet tall and when he came to town, its people knew it.

Mr Rees was a familiar face on television throughout the 80s and 90s

Mr Rees was a familiar face on television throughout the 80s and 90s

Mr Rees reported from across the world during his time with ITN

Mr Rees reported from across the world during his time with ITN

Mr Rees was a familiar face on television throughout the 80s and 90s, reporting from across the world

Following his time as the broadcaster's northern correspondent, Mr Rees was promoted to the ITN Washington office in the mid-80s to work alongside the then resident-reporter Jon Snow (pictured in March)

Following his time as the broadcaster's northern correspondent, Mr Rees was promoted to the ITN Washington office in the mid-80s to work alongside the then resident-reporter Jon Snow (pictured in March)

Following his time as the broadcaster’s northern correspondent, Mr Rees was promoted to the ITN Washington office in the mid-80s to work alongside the then resident-reporter Jon Snow (pictured in March)

‘I have never known a reporter more determined to track down the news, to find that sometimes illusory truth.’

His former ITN colleague John Toker also paid tribute.

He said: ‘Ken Rees had a voracious appetite for a story and was ultra-competitive in his approach, an attitude which made him beloved of his ITN news editors and producers and feared by his opposites at the BBC and the American news organisations.

‘The fact that he stood 6ft 5in tall and, unusually for the time, wore a beard, meant he could impose himself and take charge of any media scrum. And he often did.’

Mr Rees is survived by his wife Lynne, son Christian, daughter Samantha, and three grandchildren.

Source: Daily Mail – Articles

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