TV journalist Mati Talvik dies at 76 ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Mati Talvik  (1942-2018).
Mati Talvik (1942-2018). Source: Kairit Leibold/ERR

Longtime ETV journalist Mati Talvik died following a difficult illness on Wednesday night, his son Artur Talvik announced; he was 76 years old.

"May his heavenly roads be as interesting as his earthly journeys were," Artur Talvik wrote on Facebook. "Rest in peace, dear father!"

Mati Talvik was a longtime TV journalist in Estonia, who celebrated his 50th job anniversary at Estonian Television (ETV) this January.

According to Erik Roose, chairman of the board of Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR), Talvik was a legend of the Estonian people.

"We lost a legend, not only for television but for all of our people," Roose said. "At our recent last meeting, when the maestro was celebrating his work anniversary, you could still feel his boundless, benevolent charisma. Mati and his broadcasts will forever remain in both ERR's archives as well as in our hearts..."

On 2 January, Talvik celebrated his 50th anniversary at ETV; his first hosted broadcast aired in 1968. Speaking in an interview with ERR's Menu, the TV host said that the 50 years he had worked for ETV flew by.

At the beginning of the year, he also gave an interview on ETV's "Morning with Anu," where he admitted that the key to a 50-year career is to find something you are deeply passionate about, which in his case was history.

Talvik said that good interviews come from empathetic interviewers, and that it is important to be able to see into a person's soul.

The TV host admitted, however, that his decades of dedication to his career robbed him of a significant amount of time as well as personal life. "I have tended to see life through a lens," Talvik said in January. "Life is richer than I have tended to treat it."

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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