Senior journalist and TV anchor Girish Nikam died in New Delhi Tuesday following a massive heart attack. Nikam, 59, complained of uneasiness after a programme shoot in the studios and was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where he breathed his last, according to his associates.
He started his journalistic career with “Star of Mysore” in Mysuru and later shifted to Indian Express, Bengaluru. He had worked in other media organisations including India Today, Deccan Chronicle and News Today before doing programmes for Rajya Sabha TV. Nikam’s body is being taken to Bengaluru tomorrow for the last rites.
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Prasar Bharati Chairman A Suryaprakash was among others who condoled the death of Nikam. Suryaprakash said Nikam was an extremely versatile mediaperson who traversed the worlds of print, television and social media. Vice President Hamid Ansari also condoled Nikam’s death saying he was a valued and respected member of Rajya Sabha Television.
Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venakaiah Naidu said he was saddened at the death of Nikam who had made great contribution to the profession of journalism. He also visited the RML hospital, where 59-year-old Nikam had breathed his last.
Rajya Sabha TV CEO Gurdeep Singh Sappal said his passing away was a huge loss for RSTV. “Girish was a voice of sobriety and compassion in the debates he conducted,” he said.
A release by RSTV said Nikam anchored ‘The Big Picture’ programme ever since its inception. His “understated style and rich content stood apart in the cacophony of prime time TV discussions”, it said.