Senior Rajya Sabha TV anchor Girish Nikam, 59, passed away on Monday in New Delhi.
Girish complained of breathlessness immediately after recording The Big Picture, Rajya Sabha TV’s popular current affairs show. He was immediately rushed to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, where he died of cardiac arrest.
A well-known presence in English TV journalism, Girish anchored The Big Picture programme ever since its inception.
A seasoned journalist, Girish started his career with Star of Mysore. He worked for various prestigious publications such as The Indian Express, India Today, Newstime, and Deccan Chronicle.
Girish Nikam’s understated style and rich content stood apart in the cacophony of prime time TV discussions.
Based in New Delhi since 1995, he was also an excellent mentor to budding journalists. He taught reporting and current affairs at the Jagran Institute of Mass Communication in Noida for a brief period.
Notable media personalities joined Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari in condoling his death.
Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari condoled the passing away of Nikam. Girish was a valued and respected member of Rajya Sabha Television, he said.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said: “Saddened by the sudden demise of Shri Girish Nikam. Known him for many years, right from early ETV days. My condolences to the bereaved family. Rest in peace.”
Nikam was an extremely versatile mediaperson who traversed the worlds of print, television and social media, said Prasar Bharti chairman A Suryaprakash.
Rajya Sabha TV CEO Gurdeep Singh Sappal said Girish’s passing away was a huge loss for RSTV. Sappal said Girish was a voice of sobriety and compassion in the debates he conducted.