Kurt Barling is a Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University London, where he also works with the Executive Board to help keep Middlesex at the forefront of British Higher Education Institutions.
An award-winning broadcast journalist and programme-maker, Kurt Barling has reported, produced and directed extensively for BBC News and Current Affairs, in both short- and long-form journalism on TV, on Radio and Online. This has included a range of award-winning news reports, current affairs programmes and documentaries taking me to almost every continent.
In his role as Special Correspondent for BBC London News, Kurt Barling specialises in breaking new stories, developing running stories and special investigative reports.
Kurt developed BBC coverage of the Climbie Inquiry, explored the legacy of London 2012, reported on the causes of Muslim radicalisation long before the 7/7 London tube bombings, filmed Abu Hamza’s henchmen undercover and, working with the local Kurdish community, exposed the Heroin mafia run by Abdullah Baybasin.
Prominent scoops include; exposing the scam of bogus postgraduate colleges and the potential links to terror; revealing the absence of fire risk assessments in hundreds of tower blocks across the capital in the wake of the fatal Camberwell fire. Previous scoops include revealing the extent of Muslim radicalisation in British prisons; Abu Qatada’s prison influence; use of Ndoki (“witchcraft”) in London churches; incidence of child trafficking into the Capital and exposing the sexual abuse by Church leader Pastor Goodman. A number of Kurt’s stories have led to court cases or intervention by public authorities like the Charity Commission.
Kurt has also developed a track record for delivering strong human interest reports focusing on personal associations with historical events.
From the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, through reporting on the murder of street-children in Brazil, and a near-death encounter in 1999 with narcotic-fuelled soldiers in West Africa, to what the Daily Telegraph described as ‘a superlative documentary, provocative but even-handed’, on the murder of PC Keith Blakelock, Kurt Barling has reported and produced across the BBC’s most prestigious news and current affairs programmes, including Newsnight, Breakfast News, One, Six and Nine O’Clock News, Today, Radio 4 and 5 Live News and The Money Programme.
Since 2005, Kurt has written a weekly column for BBC London Online, re-launched as a BBC Blog in September 2009 as Barling’s London.
In 2000, Kurt Barling established an independent production company which has delivered high profile and critically acclaimed programming including: “Trouble at the Mosque” for C4 (2002) – described by TV critics as a seminal documentary which first identified regulatory weakness in Britain’s mosques filming undercover in Abu Hamza’s Finsbury Park mosque in 2000. Other films include: “The Faster Race” and “African Rebel”, tackling taboo subjects with what AA Gill described as “honesty and aplomb”.
Drawing on experience in broadcasting, business and education, Kurt regularly chairs conferences, facilitates seminars and deliver talks.