Condolences have poured in after an anchor working for India’s public service broadcaster Doordarshan News died on Saturday. Neelum Sharma, who was associated with DD News for 20 years, was reportedly battling cancer.
A news flash by her employer read, “#DDNews mourns passing away of our dear Colleague Neelum Sharma. A founding anchor with over 20 years of association with #ddnews, she played a stellar role in many capacities. From ‘Badi Charcha’ to ‘Tejasvini’ her path-breaking progs won accolades including Nari Shakti Award.”
#DDNews mourns passing away of our dear Colleague Neelum Sharma. A founding anchor with over 20 years of association with #ddnews, she played a stellar role in many capacities. From ‘Badi Charcha’ to ‘Tejasvini’ her path breaking progs won accolades including Nari Shakti Award pic.twitter.com/dYKv3S4aCe
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) August 17, 2019
Neelum was conferred with Nari Shakti Puraskar in 2018 by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The news of Neelum’s death has left her journalists shocked as they paid their tributes to her.
Really shocked to hear of the passing away of my former colleague Neelum Sharma. For two decades she was the face of DD News.I was a young kid back then in 2003 but she would always stop by with a smile and have a chat. My condolences to her family and friends and to @DDNewsLive https://t.co/mftL5ME3n2
— Digvijay Singh Deo (@DiggySinghDeo) August 17, 2019
Just learned of the sad demise of veteran @DDNewsLive anchor Neelam Sharma who was recently awarded Nari Shakti Award https://t.co/4i1l3ToQpr Prayers and condolences from entire @prasarbharati parivar to her family.
— Shashi Shekhar (@shashidigital) August 17, 2019
Extremely sad news of sudden demise of our colleague at DD News Ms Neelum Sharma. For over 20 years with #Doordarshan she played a key role in establishing Brand #DDNews making inroads in people’s heart. Heartfelt condolences from DD Family. We will miss you badly @DDNewsLive pic.twitter.com/MmYQ1Ne2mJ
— Supriya Sahu IAS (@supriyasahuias) August 17, 2019
Neelum was also an acclaimed documentary filmmaker.