Brisbane Times journalist and former radio newsman Stuart Layt, has died aged 40.
Layt, who was Science and Health Reporter at Brisbane Times, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2022 and underwent a series of evidence-based medical interventions. Before joining Brisbane Times, Layt worked for the AAP news wire service and radio station 4BC.
Friend and colleague Scott Mayman says: “It’s with a heavy heart that I write this. There are some very talented and genuine people I’ve worked with in my broadcasting career. Stuart Layt is one of these people. I was his News Director at 4BC and was so impressed with him from the start. Not only was he the newsroom “Go To” guy for news events, he was a genuine person. What about that deep incredible voice? – After working a string of shifts, I appointed him as our Breakfast news reader. Sadly, I’ve just discovered Stuart passed away this week, aged 40 after suffering bowel cancer. Just too young.
I feel fortunate that I was there with him during some incredible events, such as the Brisbane Flood event of 2011. But more importantly, the events that were the lead up to his marvellous marriage. I have nothing but great things to say about him.”
Layt is survived by wife Rose, five-year-old daughter Chloe and their families.