Farewell to Steve Hewlett, a loyal and tenacious radio talent

Broadcaster Steve Hewlett, who died from cancer
Broadcaster Steve Hewlett, who died from cancer Credit: BBC

Steve Hewlett was not the first Radio 4 broadcaster to share with listeners the story of his impending death. Think of Glyn Worsnip explaining, in A Lone Voice (1988), the neurological condition that was progressively affecting his speech to the point where listeners assumed he was drunk. He died in 1996, in hospital, cruelly robbed by then of both mobility and speech. Think of Nick Clarke and the candid on-air diary he did a decade later, charting his cancer from diagnosis to amputation and beyond. He presented his last World at One in September 2006, died shortly afterwards. We remember both of them, miss them still. As we will Steve Hewlett, who died on Monday, February 20.

Hewlett’s attitude...

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