Sandro Paternostro

  • Born: (Palermo, Sicily, Italy)
  • Died: (London, England, UK) age 77

Sandro Paternostro was an Italian journalist and television presenter.

In 1986 he was awarded the Vittorio De Sica Prize for television.

He made his debut in journalism after the war as a contributor to the newspaper L'Ora di Palermo, to continue in Rome with Il Tempo and other newspapers and finally move to the RAI radio in the early 1950s. In 1956 he switched to Rai news and later played the role of correspondent from various foreign capitals.

In the sixties he became correspondent from Bonn, then the administrative capital of the Federal Republic of Germany and, subsequently, from Beijing, where he followed the events of the great Chinese cultural revolution, told with irony also in a book published in 1971 entitled Here Beijing. He continued his work as a correspondent for RAI from London, conducting his chronicles with professionalism and rigor even without renouncing his taste for the sarcastic joke that made him become the most popular journalist in those years after Ruggero Orlando.

Some of his habits, such as that of a massive use of English-style clothing (with showy trendy ties), together with his slicked and always dyed black hair, provided the opportunity for famous television imitations. His style - often marked by an improvisation of naive style - remained memorable in giving the news, often without hiding a certain emotion.

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