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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Trump is to make a state visit to the U.K. between 3-5 June. The politics behind this are clear. Trump wants the pageantry ahead of his re-election campaign next year. The Briti govt is desperate for a trade deal with the US post Brexit. Worth the demonstrations! #TrumpUKVisit

How some of the rest of the world sees us (the U.K.): the New York Times - ‘what we’re seeing is a country determined to commit economic suicide but can’t agree on how to kill itself. It’s an epic failure of political leadership.’ A German mag’s headline ‘Isle of madness’#Brexit

It is a curious position for a politician to hold: to repeatedly want the commons to vote again and perhaps keep voting while vehemently opposing the idea of voters having their say on the Brexit deal! #BrexitCrisis

Big questions. At heart of democracy is the idea voters can change their minds. What does the U.K. currently think about Brexit? No one really knows. What about over a million young people who have come of voting age since the referendum? Why don’t their views count? #BrexitVote

Three MP’s have resigned from the Tory party and joined the Independent Group. Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston say ‘Brexit has redefined the Tory party - undoing all the efforts to modernise it.’ #TorySplit

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