Sky News and ITN presenter Rae Stewart dies aged 56

Sky News and ITN presenter Rae Stewart dies aged 56 as colleagues pay tribute to ‘brilliant journalist’

  • Rae Stewart had worked in journalism and communications for 20 years
  • He had also been press secretary to Nick Clegg when he was Lib Dem leader 

Sky News and ITN presenter Rae Stewart has died aged 56. 

His colleagues have paid tribute to the ‘brilliant journalist’, who has passed away following an ‘illness’. 

Stewart had worked in journalism for more than 20 years at places such as Sky, ITN, STV and GMTV. 

He had also worked as head of communications for the Iraq inquiry and was press secretary to Nick Clegg during his time as the leader of the Liberal Democrats. 

His colleague and close friend Stephen Jardine announced his death on Tuesday morning, writing: ‘My best friend Rae Stewart has died after an illness. 

‘He was just 56. Rae was a proud son of Tain and a brilliant journalist, author, husband, father and friend.

‘All my thoughts today are with him and his beloved family.’

Stewart was also an author, publishing his first novel, The Vibe, in 2017, inspired by his travels around India, particularly Goa. His second book, Smoke On The Water, was published this March. 

Stewart, originally from Tain in the Scottish Highlands before moving to south west London with his family, took an early retirement in 2022 due to poor health. 

Mike Edwards OBE tweeted: ‘Desperately sad to learn of the passing of Rae Stewart – a friend, colleague and fellow Highlander. A cracking lad taken far too soon.’ 

STV News editor Nichola Kane shared: ‘Terrible, terrible news which has caused much sadness at STV today.

‘Loved working with Rae. Always professional but never took himself too seriously. Lots of fun and an absolute gentleman. Oh and THAT voice. Much love to @StephenJardine and all Rae’s loved ones.’

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