845d84076690a17331d8963fefdd04e4_400x400Hull Daily Mail and BBC Radio Humberside journalist Charles Levitt has died at the age of 83.

The journalist, who left school at 15 and worked his way through the ranks to become news editor, has prompted tributes from those who worked with him including the short film below which was aired on the Andy Comfort BBC Radio Humberside show.

Writing in The Guardian, former colleague Liz Meech paid tribute to Levitt: “My former colleague Charles Levitt, who has died aged 83, was an inspiration to scores of young journalists throughout his long career.

“He was a newsman to his core and spent his working life writing and broadcasting with consummate skill. His shorthand was so accurate he once read it upside down during a live news bulletin.

“Charles was never the tired old hack who had seen it all, but someone who continued to be passionate about news and how to tell it.”

His wife, Shirley, died in 2012. He leaves sons, Martin and Malcolm, and granddaughter, Alice.