Terry Lloyd killed in Iraq
20.02PM GMT, 23 Mar 2003
There is now sufficient evidence to believe that ITV News Correspondent Terry Lloyd was killed in an incident on the Southern Iraq war front yesterday.
It is believed his body is in a Basra hospital, which is still under Iraqi control.
Two members of his team, Fred Nerac and Hussein Osman, are still missing and currently there is no information on their whereabouts or condition.
The ITN team came under fire, apparently from Coalition forces, outside Basra. Iraqi ambulances took a number of dead and injured from the area into Basra and it is believed that Terry Lloyd's body was among the dead.
The fourth member of the team, cameraman Daniel Demoustier, was injured in the incident but was able to get back to US and British lines. He reported afterwards seeing Iraqi ambulances retrieve dead and injured.
Demoustier said that the legacy he believes Terry would want to leave from this tragic incident is that the spirit of free reporting in war zones should continue.
Terry Lloyd was 50, and married with two children. He had just celebrated his 20th anniversary with ITN, making him ITV News' longest serving reporter.
He was also the first correspondent killed on assignment in ITN's 48-year history.
Stewart Purvis, Chief Executive of ITN said: "Terry was one of ITN's most experienced war correspondents. He knew Iraq well. He was the first reporter to alert the world to Saddam Hussein's attack on the town of Halabje in 1988 in which the Kurdish population was wiped out by a chemical attack.
"Terry was brave, he was determined and he was safety conscious. He was a lovely guy."
David Mannion, Editor of ITV News said: "Terry's record as an outstanding journalist speaks for itself. He was my oldest, dearest friend, but I am sustained that he died doing what he did best, at the peak of his powers and at a time of his life when he was personally and professionally the happiest I have seen him".
"Everyone at ITV mourns the loss of Terry Lloyd," said ITV Controller of News, Steve Anderson. "He had a long and successful career with us and it is tragic that his life has been cut short in this way."
Former BBC war reporter Martin Bell said Lloyd was "clearly a brave and dedicated man".
He added: "I always found him a very fair competitor and I had a great admiration for his professionalism.
"He was not a person who would take unnecessary risks.
"This is a dangerous war for the people reporting it as well as fighting it."
Mr Bell described Lloyd as being one of the "unilateral" reporters covering the war, not one of the pool reporters "embedded" in a military unit, adding: "There is always pressure to come up with pictures no one else has got."