Steve, who passed away earlier this year, shared his experience of cancer through a series of interviews with Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme about his terminal illness. His contribution inspired and engaged many.
To keep Steve’s legacy alive the Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund has been created to provide a scholarship initiative for young people from low income households. The fund, backed by the Media Society and Royal Television Society (RTS) and led by Steve’s three sons Freddie, Billy and Bertie, was launched on 12 June.
Theresa Wise, Chief Executive of the Royal Television Society, said: “Steve was a vehement campaigner for improving access to the media industry for those with geographically diverse and low income backgrounds so the fund offers a great way to celebrate his life and support his legacy.”
The Hewlett Scholarship will be presented each year to one recipient from a lower income family studying an undergraduate broadcast journalism course in the UK. The recipient will receive £2000 per year for three years to fund their living expenses, as well as membership of the RTS and affiliate Hospital Club membership while studying. They will also receive mentoring from industry professionals to help them make the strongest possible start to their career.
Find out more about Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund.