David Hepworth (born 27 July 1950) is a music journalist, writer and
publishing industry analyst who has launched several successful
British magazines. He was instrumental in the foundation of a number
of highly popular magazines in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, and a
driving force behind "Smash Hits" in its 1980s heyday. He co-presented
the BBC broadcast of
Live Aid on 13 July 1985, and is the presenter
told to 'fuck the address' by
Bob Geldof in a clip which is has
passed into legend as asking viewers to send in their fucking
1 Early life
5 External links
He was born in Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire, and attended the
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield and Trent Park College of
Education. After, he worked for HMV and Beserkley Records, before
becoming a freelance journalist.
His career in journalism began with contributions to NME and Sounds.
He joined the newly launched
Smash Hits magazine in 1979, and two
years later, after turning it around financially, became its editor.
In 1983 he launched Just Seventeen, a perennially popular magazine for
teenage girls, and in 1984 Looks. Since then he has launched several
other magazines, including Q (1986), More (1987), Empire (1988), Mojo
(1993), Heat (1999) and The Word (2003). He is currently director of
the publishing company Development Hell.
In the early 1980s he presented the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test and
was one of the presenters covering Live Aid. On both of these he
worked with long term friend Mark Ellen. Hepworth famously provoked
Bob Geldof to repeatedly use the word "fuck" live on air. He
remains the only person to have won both the Periodical Publishers
Association's writer of the year and editor of the year award.
Hepworth is featured in a podcast promoting the "Top of the Pops"
boxset alongside Mark Goodier,
Miles Leonard and Malcolm McLaren. He
writes weekly for
The Guardian and periodically for the UK trade
The Secret History of Entertainment. London: Fourth Estate, 2010.
Never a Dull Moment. New York: Henry Holt, 2016.
Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Star. Bantam,
Live Aid and false memory syndrome".
whatsheonaboutnow.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
^ ScallywagsTV2 (2015-04-17), 80's Scandals -
Bob Geldof swears at
Live aid., retrieved 2017-10-12
^ Dylan, Jones. "The Eighties: One Day, One Decade". Random House, 6
^ David Hepworth. The Guardian. Retrieved 21 June 2014
Old Grey Whistle Test
Old Grey Whistle Test to return to BBC". telegraph.co.uk, 06 Jul
2011. Retrieved 21 June 2014
^ "The challenge for Live 8 and Geldof". CNN. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 6
Live Aid Concert". Ovi Magazine. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 20
^ "The Secret History of Entertainment". Harper Collins, 2010.
Retrieved 26 June 2014
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