Gavin Hewitt

Gavin Hewitt

Prominent writer and broadcaster. Former Chief Correspondent at BBC News and BBC’s Europe Editor

Gavin Hewitt is a broadcast journalist with 30 years’ experience of covering major news stories from around the world. His reporting of some of the biggest events of the day has given him unique perspective on global themes and international affairs impacting business today.

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Gavin Hewitt is a prominent writer and broadcaster. He was until recently Chief Correspondent at BBC News. From 2009 to 2015 he was the BBC’s Europe Editor.

He has had a front row seat at many of the world’s major events.

In 2016 he covered the Trump campaign in the United States. He was in East Berlin the night the Berlin Wall came down and in Moscow for the end of Soviet Communism. He covered the 9/11 attacks in the United States and reported from New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina. He was embedded with the American Third infantry for the war in Iraq and covered the Obama campaign in 2008.

He has given speeches in New York, Toronto, Italy, Germany, Brussels and Luxembourg.

Gavin has four main corporate speeches:

The Battles of the Mind: drawing on experiences including covering war and natural disasters he talks about resilience, courage, failure, survival and moral dilemmas.

The Disruptors: Using some personal stories he talks about how the information revolution is changing the world of work, shaking up politics and challenging democracy.

Portraits of power: Using a mixture of stories and anecdotes he talks about power, what it does to people, and how modern leadership is changing.

Global Shocks: Having spent five years in Brussels and having covered the Trump campaign he talks about Brexit and anti establishment politics and the modern era of insecurity.

Gavin has written three books including the ‘Lost Continent’ on the political and economic crisis in Europe. His blog was voted one of the most influential in Europe.

Before that Gavin wrote ‘A Soul on Ice’ about his experiences as a frontline correspondent. It was described as a ‘breath-taking recollection of real stories’ and was later used as the basis for a West End play.

In the eighties he lived in Toronto Canada and worked for Canadian Broadcasting. He has written articles for the Outlook Section of the Washington Post.

He has won a Bafta, an Emmy, an RTS and a Peabody award.

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“Thanks to all of those that made our annual CFO Supper in Knightsbridge a great success. Special thanks to Gavin Hewitt who gave a terrific speech on the referendum and evolving political landscape – I’ve had excellent feedback.”

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The Lost Continent: The BBC's Europe Editor on Europe's Darkest Hour Since World War Two

The Lost Continent is rich in anecdote, weaving together the stories of ordinary people with the high politics and drama of Europe in crisis to give an unparalleled and vivid portrait of a massive shift in modern history. It includes interviews with top officials and insiders, and dramatic accounts of key meetings.

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A Soul on Ice: A Life in News

In this absorbing volume of autobiography, Hewitt – now one of BBC News’ top correspondents – shares a personal journey of learning to see much, but feel little. Furthermore it describes how television news is made and what happens behind the camera. There are moments of extreme fear and moments of humour and friendship too. It is a career in which he has rubbed shoulders with world leaders, royalty, rock stars and the mafia, and found himself arrested, accused of spying and in an army boot camp. Gavin Hewitt offers a real insight into what world figures are like once the camera is turned off and tells the stories he could tell friends, but could never broadcast.

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Here’s what a top European official really thinks about #Brexit! Donald Tusk Pres of E Council says ‘he’s been wondering what that special place in Hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.’ #brexit

A Martin L King sermon still resonates: he spoke of a new creed: ‘It affirms that each nation is an absolute sovereign unit acknowledging no control save its own independent will...will we continue to serve the false god that places absolute national sovereignty first? #brexit

Trapped! No majority in Parl for leaving EU without a deal. PM May’s deal all but killed off. Brexiteers won’t accept being part of Customs Union. So far no majority for 2nd referendum. EU asks what U.K. wants! Answer: paralysis! #BrexitShambles

So when Labour loses - as seems likely - the no confidence vote tomorrow it will have to explore other options including a second referendum! But the real battle is shaping up between a no-deal Brexit or perhaps a no Brexit delivered by a second vote#Brexit

118 Conservative MP’s voted against the British PM’s deal! It is not just a massive political failure for the government but a failure too for the European Commission and the agreement they negotiated! #brexit

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