Tributes to Steve Hewlett
Steve Hewlett presented Radio 4’s Media Show from 2008 when the programme launched. He was a Guardian columnist and had previously been editor of BBC Panorama. He was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in March 2016 and since September he had been speaking to Eddie Mair on Radio 4’s PM about his treatment and writing his cancer diaries for The Observer.
Eddie Mair shared the news with listeners in a tribute to Steve in his usual Monday interview slot on PM at 5.30pm this evening.
On Wednesday afternoon The Media Show will reflect Steve’s remarkable stewardship of the programme defined by his wit, tenacity and his encyclopaedic media expertise. He was a clever, warm and funny colleague who will be greatly missed.
The BBC’s Director-General, Tony Hall said: “Steve Hewlett was an exceptional journalist. His analysis of the media industry was always essential listening. Steve was a trusted voice that embodied everything positive in public service journalism. He was hugely popular not just with viewers and listeners, but with BBC staff.