Radhakrishnan Nair, the managing editor of CNN-News18, passed away at the age of 54 early Tuesday due to health reasons, a CNN-News18 report said. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Nair was one of the longest-serving employees of Network18, having been associated with it for over 25 years. During his tenure, he held many key positions at the organisation.
Nair ventured into business news with CNBC TV18, a business channel, following which he moved to CNN-News18 (formerly CNN-IBN) in 2005 and took over as the managing editor of the national news channel in September 2014.
Nair started his career with UNI in Kerala and then moved to Delhi. His stint with TV news began in 1995 with TV18. Nair also produced programmes for Doordarshan, BBC, Sony and Asia's first business channel ABNI. He was a chemistry graduate and a gold medallist in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Journalism in Thiruvananthapuram, who also held a Master's degree in Communication and Journalism from the Kerala University.
Condolences poured in for Nair on Twitter with Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Suresh Prabhu also expressing sorrow over his untimely demise.
Saddened by the demise of Shri Radhakrishnan Nair, an outstanding journalist and a pleasant human being. May God render peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family. Om Shanti.
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) November 27, 2018
Really sad to know of untimely passing away of my dear friend Radhakrishna Nair, sr Journalist ,very good human being, veteran in his field.We all will always miss him.Condolences to his family Om Shanti #RadhakrishnanNair — Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 27, 2018
Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of senior journalist Radhakrishnan Nair. May God give courage to his family to bear this irreparable loss. RIP
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 27, 2018
Fellow journalists also took to Twitter to remember fond memories of Nair.
One of the finest human beings I have had the privilege to work with, our managing editor when I was at CNN IBN, Radhakrishnan Nair passed away this morning. Please do keep him and his family in your prayers. RIP Radha my friend.. will miss you. — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 27, 2018
A wonderful friend and colleague - worked with him in so many avatars over so many years and learnt so much from him - how can he not be any more? https://t.co/itBybWiFRB
— Ritu Kapur (@kapur_ritu) November 27, 2018
Radha trained generations of journalists and TV desk producers. His work lives on through all of us. He will be dearly, dearly missed. https://t.co/t7GEIr2n4i — menaka doshi (@menakadoshi) November 27, 2018
Terrible news this morning. My dearest friend and colleague, someone who helped immensely in building CNN IBN ( now CNN news 18) from scratch, is no more. To those who were fortunate to know him, it's an irreparable loss. RIP my friend. https://t.co/j5xN8WOdwU
— bhupendra chaubey (@bhupendrachaube) November 27, 2018
Sad to hear that Radhakrishnan Nair @Radha_Network18 Managing Editor, CNN-News18 is no more . May his soul Rest in Peace. https://t.co/deofTnxkmH — Tinu Cherian Abraham (@tinucherian) November 27, 2018
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Updated Date: Nov 27, 2018 11:22:36 IST