Noted Indian TV host Vikas Sharma succumbs to Covid
The anchor was a popular face on Republic TV's daily 9 pm slot.
A popular Indian news channel anchor passed away on Thursday night suddenly due to Covid-19 related complications.
Vikas Sharma’s death came as a huge shock to, colleagues at India’s Republic TV, where he was one of the prime reporters. He regularly appeared as a prime time anchor on 9 pm slot on the channel, according to a republicworld.com report.
The 35-year-old journalist had reportedly been battling Covid-19 and had also recovered. He lived in Kanpur and was admitted to Kelash Hospital in Noida for the last three days, where he breathed his last.
Vikas was part of the launch team of Republic Bharat and was with the channel for the last two years. He was one of the most popular Hindi news anchors.
“As a reporter, Vikas was known for the sharpness with which he brought out unique facets of every news story from the ground. He travelled across the length and breadth of India, as a reporter, and often hosted his shows from the field, bringing together a quality of news coverage that made him stand out as one of the most respected and admired television journalists in India,” the channel said in a statement.
Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami paid a heartfelt tribute to Sharma who used to host a news show named Ye Bharat ki Baat Hai on Republic Bharat at 9 pm.
Remembering Sharma, Goswami said: “I have no words to express how devastated we all are here at the Republic media network at passing away of Vikas. As an anchor, the manner in which he presented the news was completely unique. There was a passion. There was involvement. And there was a great and a very precise manner in which he brought the story alive. There are very few journalists in India who could relate the news in the way that he did. So it is a big loss for all of us. And we will always remember his as a courageous, outspoken journalist and reporter and someone who, forever, will be part of the Republic media network.”
“He was part of the launch team of Republic Bharat. And for the last 17-18 months, he has been face of the very popular 9 pm show Ye Bharat ki Baat Hai, Goswami added.
Many people, including reporters from various news channels, offered their condolences on social media.
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