Tributes were paid to Geoff Hill, the former editor-in-chief of ITV News, who died aged 52.
The well-respected journalist has been hailed as an industry “giant” who has supported his colleagues to the hilt and loved to be around the latest news.
âMy friend and boss Geoff Hill passed away after years of leukemia. He was a brilliant editor at ITV News, âsaid ITV political editor Robert Peston. âHe supported me and I will always be indebted to him.
âMost importantly, he was generous, kind, funny. Like so many people he inspired, I am devastated. Sincere condolences to his family and to all who loved him.
In June, Hill was offered the support of his beloved Crystal Palace FC, inviting his brothers-in-law to start a fundraiser from the club’s grounds in Selhurst Park. The Lee Roberts and Jordan Smith’s Palace in Paris campaign involved walking the distance between the two national capitals on the streets of south London.
The club also organized a article Hill wrote about her diagnosis of blood cancer. Palace legend Mark Bright, who had supported the campaign, offered his condolences to Hill’s family on Thursday.
He was remembered by his former employer, ITN, as a longtime talented and respected journalist. âIt is a desperately sad day for all of us at ITN,â said Managing Director Deborah Turnes. âGeoff was a giant in our industry, a journalist journalist, who just loved the competitive adrenaline rush of TV news, and never forgot why what we do really matters.
“A force of nature, he loved nothing more than being in the thick of breaking news, leading his team head on. He was an outstanding leader and editor, and a beloved friend and mentor to so many. He will be sorely missed. “
A former colleague, Rachel Younger, called him “brilliant [and] irreplaceable â, adding that he was also aâ great champion of women journalists â.
ITN said that, during his tenure at ITV News, Hill “led the newsroom through a period of profound change, reporting the results of the 2015 and 2017 elections, the Scottish referendum and the 2016 European referendum in which he called the result in the gallery, relayed live to the nation by Tom Bradby on the network’s night program.
He added: “He was also at the helm overseeing programs to announce the results of the US election and the victory of Donald Trump, in addition to changes to Evening News and News at Ten.”
Hill is survived by his wife, Nat Hill, and three children, Emily, Olivia and Alfie.