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In memory of Chris Hemblade, former Time Out editor

Posted at 3:15 pm, February 16, 2013 in News
Chris Hemblade

This week Time Out lost one of its dearest friends. Chris was one of the most wonderfully funny, brilliant and inspired journalists ever to work for the magazine, ultimately editing it. Our love and condolences go out to his husband Duncan, his family and his many, many friends.

LauraLee Davies worked with Chris during her time as editor from 1999-2004 and said ‘Chris was a fantastic deputy editor. Generous, funny, bright and creative. In fashion and politics, art, film and theatre, Chris knew who Time Out should be talking to when. He knew how to keep interviews special at a time when entertainment journalism was descending into the celeb swamp, he was undaunted by Hollywood agents and an energetic fan of London theatre, but also determined to champion Time Out’s own brightest writing talent. He filled the fifth floor with laughter and the team who worked with him will miss a lovely friend.’

Founder Tony Elliott remembers Chris’s first appearance at Time Out in the mid-’90s: ‘Someone had the bright idea of employing an actual student to edit the annual Time Out Student Guide, and Chris duly arrived. He had a desk outside my office, he worked extraordinarily hard and had great ideas and strong opinions. It was a pleasure to watch him develop all these qualities over his subsequent years at Time Out and in his stellar career in the wider world. I will miss him greatly.’

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