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'Being on the edge suited Steve'

Tributes at Steve Absolum's desk
Colleagues have placed flowers on Steve Absolum's desk
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BBC Wales New Media designer Steve Absolum, 32, is presumed drowned after disappearing while swimming off the Colombian coast early on Boxing Day.

Here, those who worked with Steve share their views and pay their tributes.

GAVIN JOHNSON

Steve came to work with BBC Wales New Media in 2002 as New Media interactive designer. Actually no-one knew what to do with him at first.

He liked being on the edge of things. It suited him.

Steve was one of those people who defined a job by being himself and just doing it.

And he was good too. His confidence, ambition and charm made people want to work with him.

He ran the interactive application for tsunami relief concert - which gained the highest red button use of any BBCi application in 2005 - he cut the Digital Stories title sequence for BBC2W, he researched the design of the Your Stories BBCi service.

He was a diversity champion, he helped deliver a much-improved encoding facility, he produced broadband consoles, a new quiz format and worked on web sites including Voices, Where I Live and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

He was one of the few who consistently worked with both new media and broadcast technologies. He had a great future.

SCOTT HEMMENS

I don't think anyone can believe he has gone.

I think some of us are still expecting him to turn up for work and wonder what all the fuss is about. That would be typical of him.

He was such a charismatic and well-liked guy.

SIMON ROONEY

We had been sending text messages to him from the Christmas party the week before.

We were trying to make him jealous that he was not there and he was doing the same to us about his holiday.


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