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Veteran journo Jehangir Pocha no more

MUMBAI: Jehangir Pocha’s last tweet to the world stated “Hurrying home”.

In a different sense, that came true and 21 hours later, he ceased to exist. Aged 44, the veteran journalist and editor-in-chief of English news channel News X passed away this morning after succumbing to a cardiac arrest.

Jehangir-Pocha01One of the key members in the senior team of the channel, Pocha was a consulting editor of ITV Group and a co-founder of IndiMedia Private Ltd which sold News X to ITV. Prior to joining News X, he was editor of Businessworld and was also the Asia correspondent in China for The Boston Globe.

A statement issued by the news channel read, “It is indeed sad to believe the untimely death of one the key members of our team, 44-year-old Jehangir Pocha, senior journalist who left for his heavenly abode this morning. A vital part of the ITV network, Jehangir Pocha was the consulting editor of ITV Group and a co-founder of IndiMedia Private Ltd who succumbed to a cardiac arrest early at 4:30 am today.”

Born in Mumbai, Pocha completed his Bachelors in Economics in 1990, followed by MBA in 1992 from Mumbai University. Later, he went to Harvard for a Master’s in Public Administration. It was his skills as an investigative writer that led him to a career in journalism.

His sudden demise has left the industry in a state of shock. Many members of the fraternity sent out condolence messages which also included Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi posted on Twitter, “I am shocked and saddened to hear about Jehangir Pocha’s demise. I pay my condolence to his family in this hour of grief and may his soul rest in peace. Jehangir Pocha will be remembered as a leading voice on TV, print and social media. His frank and insightful views on issues will be missed.”

The Broadcast Editors’ Association also issued a condolence message that stated, “Broadcast Editors’ Association condoles the sad demise of senior journalist and editor-in-chief of News X Jehangir Pocha. It is big loss to the world of TV journalism. Jehangir was a dear colleague of ours and was a guiding force in BEA’s activities.”

It further mentioned how his followers always believed in one thing he always said and maintained, “We aim to be big enough to be relevant to viewers and advertisers, but mainly focus on creating a different news experience for viewers. I like to tell our team ‘Let’s be like Aamir Khan. Let’s be big, but not obsessed with being No. 1. Let’s be different and better, but in a way that is widely appealing.”

Other members too expressed their condolences on the social networking site.

Colors CEO Raj Nayak stated, “A friend who tweeted 10 hrs ago, who came to meet me few days back to discuss his future plans is suddenly no more @JehangirPocha RIP #Life. Waking up to a tweet to realise that a friend has died is not the best way to get the news. Can’t believe you are no more my friend. #Life.”

Vir Sanghvi posted, “Shattered to hear about the passing of jahangir pocha. We spent 4 hours together on TV just day before and he was as sharp as ever. Tragic.”

Sagrika Ghose added, “Deeply shocked to hear about passing away of colleague @JehangirPocha . Tragic untimely loss. RIP.”