The message reads, in part:
“You were among the founders of the legendary traditions of the national announcer school and television news broadcasting. You established high professional standards and a selfless devotion to your profession.
“Your work style, competence and responsible attitude towards your job continue to set a worthy example for your colleagues.”
For many years, Igor Kirillov, the most famous announcer for the USSR State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting, hosted the most important and popular television shows, including the Vremya news programme, New Year’s concerts, and live broadcasts from Red Square. Several generations of television hosts consider him their teacher.