Steve Hewlett Scholarship

Steve Hewlett Scholarship

This award is open to applicants interested in a career in current affairs journalism or documentary production.

An additional £1000 per annum will be awarded to two successful applicants. If you wish to be considered for this award please tick the relevant box on the application form, read the information about Steve Hewlett below and say why you should receive the award in your supporting paragraph.

About Steve Hewlett

Steve Hewlett was a documentary film maker, programme editor, television executive, media commentator, newspaper columnist, television presenter and Radio 4 broadcaster. He was above all, a journalist: a forensic, passionate, fearless story teller with a talent for communicating the most complex of stories in the most accessible way possible.

After graduating from Manchester University, he began his career as a freelance researcher working on BBC programmes Panorama and Nationwide. When Channel 4 was created in 1982 Steve joined its new alternative news show The Friday Alternative. The programme tore up the rule book that bound conventional current affairs television. He then returned to the BBC where he directed many award-winning documentaries including The Maze- Enemies Within in 1990, made with unprecedented access to the maximum-security prison in Northern Ireland and Remember Bloody Sunday in 1992. 

Steve went on to become editor of BBC documentary strand Inside Story before being appointed editor of Panorama, where in 1995 the programme received the highest TV ratings for a factual programme of all time with the interview with HRH Princess Diana. Over 22 million people tuned in.  After becoming head of factual programmes at Channel 4 and director of programmes at Carlton TV he began to carve out a role as one of the UK’s leading media commentators with a column in the Guardian and the host of Radio 4’s The Media Show. With his own company Genie Pictures, he began to present documentaries including Rupert Murdoch’s Battle with Britain and the Royal Family’s relationship with the media in Reinventing the Royals.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2016 Steve documented the impact of the disease through a series of candid interviews with Eddie Mair on Radio 4’s PM programme. It connected with listeners in a way that no-one on the programme had expected and he continued to record these interviews until his death in February 2017.

Steve also chaired Sheffield Documentary Festival and was a visiting professor at Salford University.

Click here to find out more about the RTS Television Production Bursary or the Steve Hewlett Scholarship, or to donate to the Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund, click the buttons below. 

The RTS Bursary Scheme submission window will open on the 1st of February 2020 and will close on the 30th of June 2020.