Boyko Vassilev Petrov
|Born||9 January 1970|
|Profession||journalist, television presenter|
Boyko Vassilev is born on January 9, 1970 in Pernik. In 1989 Boyko Vassilev graduated from the 91st German Language High School, Sofia, Bulgaria. He was awarded a golden medal and an honorary diploma of the Ministry of Education and won first place in Bulgaria in the School National Olympiad of Literature. Same year he was admitted at the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridsky”, Faculty of Journalism, and graduated in 1994 with the highest possible grades. In 2001 Boyko Vassilev defended a PhD in sociology, validated by the Supreme Attestation Commission. The topic of the dissertation was “The New Media and Utopian Perspective”; it was released also as a book. He had participated in many qualification courses – for German language and culture in Heidelberg (1993), for TV journalism in Cardiff (1993), “Henri Nannen” Journalism School in Hamburg (1997).
Still a student, Boyko Vassilev freelanced for various media with many publications: the newspapers “Pogled” and “1000 days”, “Hristo Botev” programme of Bulgarian National Radio and Channel 2 of BNT (the science weekly “Eureka”). He presented four editions of “Formula 5” TV show on Channel 1 of BNT. Boyko Vassilev became part of “Coo-Coo” students’ programme where he authored the Nubia episode. In 1992 he started as a reporter at “Po sveta i u nas” (“Home and abroad”), the prime time news of Channel 1 of BNT, covering topics in the field of foreign policy and justice.
In 1993 Boyko Vassilev acquired a full-time job at the central weekly survey “Panorama” of BNT – and made a name as an expert in the Balkans. He was active in reporting major events on the peninsula – the wars in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1994–95) and Kosovo (1998–99), the strike against Yugoslavia (1999), also Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia. Vassilev was a sole author of a regular commentary on international topics in the framework of “Panorama”. Parallel to that, he presented several editions of “Panorama”, substituting the then titular anchor Ivan Garelov.
In September 2000 Boyko Vassilev became the titular presenter and producer of “Panorama”, while at different moments he had been serving as Chief Editor Current Affairs and Head of News. Together with his main occupation, he filmed reports and documentaries. Since 2010 he has produced the documentary series on international topics “The World Live” („Светът на живо”). Vassilev covered the wars in Syria (2012) and Iraq (2015), and in June 2001 organized a “Panorama” special edition from Skopje on the conflict in Macedonia.
Boyko Vassilev has authored many documentaries, like The Vengeance Day (War in Kosovo - 1999), The Bullet Train, Island Song (Japan - 2004), Eyes Not Forgotten (2004), The Elder Brother (about St. Methodius - 2005), The 7th Year, The Messenger (2006), Fathers’ Children (about the descendents of the Fathers of Europe - 2007), Neighbors Lost (Kosovo, 1998 - 2008), Saint Patrick’s Day (Ireland - 2009), Liberation Square (Egypt – 2011), Mark’s Way (Albania – 2011), 20 Years Later (Bosnia – 2011), Carnival (2012), Cathedral and Mosque (Germany – 2012), Before the Beginning (2012), Boiling Point (Syria – 2012), Airport for Nowhere (N. Karabakh – 2012), The Walls of Europe (2014), Guardians of Shadows (2014) “The Autumn of Auld Songs” (together with Polly Zlatareva, in Scotland and Catalonia, 2014), “The Star of the Magi” (together with Polly Zlatareva, 2014), “Battlefield” (Iraqi Kurdistan, 2015), “The Great Powers” (2015), “The Wave” (the refugee issue in Germany – 2016), “American Judge” (2016), “Walking of Wonders” (about St. Clement of Ohrid – 2016).
Boyko Vassilev has interviewed many international leaders like G. W. Bush (2007), T. Blair (1999), G. Schroeder (2004), J. M. Aznar (2001), J. Stoltenberg (2015), I. Gauck (2016). R. T. Erdogan (2010), L. Walesa, J. Buzek, R. Prodi, V. Havel, V. Klaus, V. Giscard d'Estaing, G. Howe, A. Fogh Rasmussen, H. Vedrine, S. Talbott, W. Perry, W. Cohen, M. McAleese, J. Napolitano, M. Ahtisaari, R. Badinter, M. Yilmaz, A. Davutoglu, Fr. Tudjman, St. Mesic, I. Josipovic, M. Djukanovic, T. Nikolic, H.D. Genscher, Kl. Kinkel, J. Daul, W. Martens, M. Schulz, as well as intellectuals like Umberto Eco, David Lynch, Leszek Balcerowicz, Jean Michel Jarre, David Baldacci, Richard D. Precht, Ulrich Beck, Günter Wallraff, George Soros, Zbignjew Brzezinski, Edward Albee, Jose Carreras, Carlos Saura, Terry Gilliam, Claudia Cardinale, Orhan Pamuk, Goran Bregovic, Paolo Taviani, Yuz Aleshkovski, Viktor Erofeev, Istvan Szabo, Alastair Campbell, Joseph Stiglitz, Adam Michnik, Paul Krugman, Mo Yan.
For his work Boyko Vassilev has been awarded multiple times:
2016 Sarajevo, Manager of the year: awarded person of the year in media in Eastern and Central Europe 2016 Honored with la Cruz de Oficial del Mérito Civil medal of King of Spain 2015 - Mtel Media Masters Award for television 2012 - Honored with BENE MERITO medal of Foreign Ministry of Poland 2007 - Robert Schumann Award for reporting EU issues (third time) 2004 - Robert Schumann Award for reporting EU issues (second time) 2003 - Robert Schumann Award for reporting EU issues 2000 - Special Award of Sarajevo TV Festival for The Vengeance Day documentary; 1999 - Winner of the Annual Article Award – Free & Democratic Bulgaria Foundation; 1999 The Golden Riton (1.Prize of Festival) for The Vengeance Day documentary; 1998 - First place in Bulgaria for TV commentary; 1997 - The Prize for TV reporting of the Union of Bulgarian journalists;
Boyko Vassilev is a Vice-President of St. Cyril and St. Methodius International Foundation and member of the Board of Institute for International and Regional Studies in Sofia. He is fluent in English, German, Spanish, Russian, Serbian \Croatian\ Bosnian and understands French.