A memorial fund has been established to provide a scholarship and other support for young people from low-income households in memory of broadcaster and media consultant Steve Hewlett, who passed away earlier this year from cancer.
The Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund, which is backed by the Media Society and the Royal Television Society, is expected to launch today (June 12).
The Hewlett Scholarship will be given out each year to one recipient from a lower income family who is studying an undergraduate broadcast journalism course in Britain. The beneficiary will receive £2000 ($US 2,530) per year for three years to fund their living expenses, membership of the RTS and affiliate Hospital Club membership while studying and mentorship from industry professionals.
Hewlett will also be remembered through an annual memorial lecture, the first of which will be given by his friend Nick Robinson of the Today Programme on Sept. 28 at the University of Westminster.
Organizations and individuals already backing the initiative and providing financial support include the BBC, Brunel University, Channel Four, Directors Cut Films, Google UK, ITN, ITV, Sky News, The London Press Club, Women in Journalism, Alex Graham, the chair of the Scott Trust and Peter Taylor.
“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,” said Theresa Wise, chief executive of the RTS, in a statement.