David Hepworth

David Hepworth is a British writer, broadcaster and editor. 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. He was one of the presenters of BBC TV's Whistle Test and one of the anchors of the TV coverage of Live Aid. He is a director of the independent company Development Hell.

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