Eminent Journalist and Rajyasabha TV anchor Girish Nikam has passed away on Monday with a massive heart attack. Nikam, 59, complained of uneasiness after a program shoot in the studios. Though he was immediately rushed to the nearby Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi, it was too late and he breathed his last.
Girish was well known for his personality and the way he adapted to various job profiles when working for both Print and electronic media. He started his career with ‘Star of Mysore’ and gradually reached heights after shifting to Indian Express newspaper in Bengaluru. The 59-year old journalist has also worked for India Today, Deccan Chronicle and News Today before shooting prime debate programs for RajyaSabha TV.
Condoling the sudden loss of Girish Nikam, Prasarbharathi Chairperson Suryaprakash said, “I express my deepest condolences to the family members of Nikam. His services as a journalist inspire the next generation to walk in his path. Very few people can prove their caliber in Print, television and social media, Girish Nikam is one among them”.
Vice-President of India, Mr.Hamid Ansari also condoled Girish’s death saying his services to the Rajyasabha TV can never be forgotten.
Union Information and Broadcasting minister Mr.Venkaiah Naidu visited the hospital where Girish Nikam breathed his last and expressed his condolences to the eminent journalist. “When we talk about professional journalism, Nikam is someone whose name is worth mentioning. He is one of those personalities who will command greater respect among the Indian public, not for creating TRP focused content but making programs based on journalistic content. Indian journalism will miss him for sure”.
RajyaSabha TV CEO Gurdeep Singh Sappal said, “It was a great loss for the RSTV. He served the television as an anchor for ‘The BIG PICTURE” program since its inception. His compassion while covering the national issues in Primetime debates makes him one of the best journalists of India. It is difficult to replace his position in the RSTV both as an anchor and a personality. We thank our journalist Girish Nikam for all his services to the RSTV and pray that his soul rests in peace”.