Sir David Nicholls, former editor-in-chief of ITN, has died at the age of 92.
Sir David joined ITN in 1960 and spent nearly 32 years at the television production company, eventually becoming editor-in-chief and later its chief executive officer.
In a post paying tribute to Sir David, his former employer described him as ‘one of the great TV innovators’.
ITN wrote on Twitter: ‘We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sir David Nicholls, former Editor-in-Chief of ITN.
‘A hugely important figure in our history and one of the great TV innovators, his pioneering technology continues to influence broadcast news today.
‘Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Sir David.’
Sir David was the producer of the first news at Ten and organized coverage of seminal moments in history, including the Apollo moon landings, the Falklands War and the war in Afghanistan, as well as both the UK and US elections.
In a statement, his son James and daughter Helen said: ‘Our father lived a very long and fulfilling life. It is so comforting to receive so many heartfelt messages of condolence and it is wonderful to know how much he was respected by his many TV news colleagues and friends.
‘He was a proud father, grandfather and was soon to be a great-grandfather. he will be missed.’
In August 1952, Sir David married his childhood sweetheart Juliet, whom he had met at a birthday party when he was eight years old.
Juliet died in January 2013.
Sir David was made a CBE in 1982, and was later knighted on the 1989 Queen’s Birthday Honors List.
He retired from his role of chairman at ITN in 1991.
Sir David leaves behind two children, Helen and James, and grandchildren Matthew, Olivia and Alexander.
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