David Hepworth is a British writer, broadcaster and editor. He trained and worked as a drama teacher before following his teenage passion for pop music and taking a job selling records, writing for publications like NME on the side.
He joined the magazine Smash Hits not long after its launch in 1979, becoming editor in 1981 and then, in the position of Editorial Director, overseeing the launch of magazines like Just Seventeen, Q, Empire, Mojo, More and Heat. At the same time he was one of the presenters of BBC TV's Whistle Test, in which capacity he faced the world's biggest TV audience as one of the anchors of the TV coverage of Live Aid.
He has won the Editor Of The Year and Writer of The Year Awards from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer Award from the British Society Of Magazine Editors.
He is a director of the independent company Development Hell, which publishes MixMag and formerly published The Word and divides his time between writing for a variety of magazines and newspapers, speaking at and moderating conferences, broadcasting work and blogging.
He previews radio programmes for the Guardian, serves on the council of the Advertising Standards Authority and is writing a book about music in the year 1971.
His interests include: music, sport, literature, history, long-
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