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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Capaldi starred as the foul-mouthed spin doctor, Malcolm Tucker, in BBC2's acclaimed political satire 'The Thick Of It'

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There’s private space and there’s public space, and what you do in one you don’t do in the other

 

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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones

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Why the news about HMV closing means a little bit of magic has gone out of our lives

When I worked there in the mid-70s the queues stretched to the back of the shop

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Come on BBC, open up those cupboards

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Mark Clattenburg

Referee Mark Clattenburg, racism in football, and why this is one act that just can't be cleaned up

Another week, another row over who said what on a football pitch. What football needs now more than ever is a period of calm and less recourse to expensive lawyers

The TV presenter in his pomp

Jimmy Savile: Young girls were just another victim of the rock'n'roll years

Teens were easy prey in an era with different morals

Make that call: Why it's time for office workers to pick up the phone again

Email might make us feel crisp and professional, but it's a defensive technique. The "one-man show" telephone call is a big loss to office culture

Hal David (right) photographed in 2011 with his songwriting partner Burt Bacharach, and Dionne Warwick

They don't write 'em like Hal David did any more

The death of the great lyricist highlights how far pop has come from the 'story in a song', says David Hepworth

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