PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressed his condolences in a letter addressed to the wife of the late Mr S. Chandramohan, Mdm Chandramohan Nirmala.
Dubbed as the "father of broadcast journalism", Mr Chandramohan passed away on Saturday after a long illness. He was 71.
In his letter, PM Lee said that he is "deeply saddened" and also revealed how he first met Mr Chandramohan in the 1980s when he was in charge of current affairs at the then Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC).
Mr Chandramohan oversaw the production of a "Today in Parliament" programme, where long parliament debates lasting hours were distilled into 45 minutes of television to be broadcast the same night.
He also made sure that these programmes were "coherent and balanced", wrote PM Lee.
PM Lee also praised him for understanding the issues that "needed to get across and could be relied upon to propose the best way to do so".
He also said that Mr Chandramohan's "experience and professional judgement were too valuable to be left untapped."
During his tenure, Mr Chandramohan oversaw many milestone events in Singapore - ranging from the country's separation from Malaysia in 1965 , to various telecasts of election results and National Day Rally speeches.
He was a mentor to many in the field and was instrumental in shaping it in Singapore.
Mr Chandramohan leaves behind his wife, Chandramohan Nirmala, 58 and two children.