Stewart Purvis is set to compete in the Great North Run to raise money for the Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund
The former Chief Executive of ITN and Ofcom regulator made the decision to take part in the Great North Run on what would have been Hewlett's 59th birthday.
He said of his decision, “It seemed the perfect moment to confirm I was going to do it. I have shaken off a few injuries, which I picked-up during training and I will definitely get round the half marathon course."
The RTS and Media Society launched the Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund to help young journalists break into the industry through a scholarship scheme in Hewlett's memory, which awards one broadcast journalism student a year from a lower income family with the bursary.
The scholarship offers scholars £2000 per year for three years to fund their living expenses and mentoring from industry professionals to strengthen their experience and skills in journalism. The aspiring journalist will also receive a membership to the RTS and a membership at the Hospital Club during their studies.
Organisations and major broadcasters have backed the appeal, including BBC Radio Four, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News and ITN.
Steve Hewlett's wife, Rachel, who is on the judging panel for the Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund, commented, “I am deeply touched and grateful to Stewart for running in support of the Steve Hewlett Memorial fund. Steve was always so willing to spend time helping others within the industry, especially when it came to encouraging young talent."
She added, "I know he would be chuffed that so many of his friends and colleagues have come together to establish this fund in his name. Any donation will go towards making sure that Steve’s passion continues to inspire and support young journalists for many years to come. Good luck Stewart!”