Veteran EWN reporter, Ian Crewe has passed on at the age of 75.
Ian was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital this week with serious heart and lung problems and was in a critical condition last night. He passed on this morning.
Ian helped to train generations of EWN reporters and will be fondly remembered for, among many other attributes, his warmth and his wicked sense of humour.
Crewe was inducted in the 2014 MTN Radio Awards Hall of Fame.
Ian will be deeply missed by the teams at EWN, 702 and all at Primedia Broadcasting. Heartfelt condolences go to his partner, family and loved ones.
About Ian Crewe
Ian Crewe Ian’s career spans four decades and he has gained a legion of dedicated fans to the point that there is a tribute page to Ian and the show that he used to present on late nights on 702. Ian’s broadcast career began at the BBC in London. He returned to his native South Africa with the intention of making a name for himself, on radio and his first gig was a voice over for Kleenex. A few years and many voice overs later, Ian moved to the then Rhodesia where he worked for the Rhodesia Broadcasting Corporation as a news reader and breakfast show presenter.
He also got to do some freelance work for UK and USA-based broadcast organisations. During this time, he got to meet (and interview) many African newsmakers including the infamous Idi Amin. Ian moved back to SA nearly 30 years ago and has been a newsreader and talk-show host on 702 ever since. He could recently be heard reading the news overnight on weeknights for EWN, where his classical speech and drama training comes through in every well-enunciated word, taking listeners back to an era when radio was the only mass-medium and broadcasters were revered as an absolute authority. Ian can be credited with having trained many of the new voices in the EWN Newsroom and he can be relied upon to be rock solid when there is chaos all around him.
In December 2013, Ian broke the sad news of the passing of Mandela, giving the story the gravity and respect it deserved. He has always shown a keen understanding of the theatre of the mind in his shows and his loyal fans (also known as Crewe-tons) have appreciated the open-minded discussions he led. Few SA broadcasters can compete with him for longevity, and his distinct voice sets him apart from all other on-air presenters.
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