Sir David Nicholas dead: Piers Morgan and Alastair Stewart lead tributes to TV icon

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Sir David Nicholas, former ITN Editor-in-Chief, has died aged 91. His death has been confirmed by the television production company in a statement published on social media.

Tributes have started pouring in for the late editor, with broadcast stars such as Alastair Stewart and Piers Morgan among those speaking out on his death.

ITN confirmed the news earlier today on Twitter, describing Sir David as “one of the great TV innovators”.

The statement read: “We are deeply saddened at the death of former ITN Editor-in-Chief, Sir David Nicholas.

“A hugely important figure in our history & one of the great TV innovators, his pioneering techniques continue to influence broadcast news today.

“Our sincere condolences to Sir David’s family.”

TalkTV presenter Piers Morgan reposted the tweet in view of his 7.9 million followers.

He added: “A television news icon.

“Very sad news. RIP David.”

GB News presenter Alastair Stewart said: “From not taking no for an answer from ITV on the doing an open-ender on the moon-shot to persuading Thatcher to have a live camera in her car in 1979, David was simply the best, & the nicest & kindest of men.

“There will be no prisoners taken when he & Alastair Burnet meet again!” (sic)

Broadcaster Andrew Neil wrote: “Very sad to learn of the death of a lovely man, good friend and consummate newsman.

“When he and Alastair Burnet were at the helm ITN’s News at Ten was by far the country’s best broadcast news.

“Condolences to his dear wife. A great loss.”

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