Urmas Ott

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Urmas Ott
Urmas Ott Urmas Ott.jpg
Born23 April 1955
Died17 October 2008(2008-10-17) (aged 53)
AwardsEST Order of the White Star - 4th Class BAR.png

Urmas Ott (April 23, 1955 – October 17, 2008) was an Estonian television and radio journalist, and famous talk show host in Soviet Union, Estonia[1] and Russia.[2]

Ott was born in Otepää[3] and first appeared on the Soviet Channel One in 1986 as host of Television Acquaintance (Russian: Телевизионное знакомство)[4] show. He later worked on Russian Channel One and Estonian ETV, hosting "Urmas Ott and Others" on the latter channel.


On Television Acquaintance he interviewed well-known people, including Anatoly Karpov, Irina Rodnina, Ilya Glazunov and Alla Pugacheva.[5] His style was intimate, usually facing the interviewee rather than the audience.[6] He explained humorously that he appealed to Russian viewers because "I'm not one of them and I'm not foreign."[6]

Personal life[edit]

He lived in Tallinn[6] and died on 17 October 2008 in Tartu[7] from a heart attack after a bone marrow transplantation undertaken to remedy leukemia.



  1. ^ "President Ilves sent a letter of condolence to Urmas Ott's family". Estonia, Office of the President. October 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
  2. ^ "Dmitry Medvedev expressed his condolences over the death of journalist Urmas Ott". President of Russia. October 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  3. ^ http://www.epl.ee/artikkel/445350 Urmas Ott 1955–2008 (Estonian)
  4. ^ Первый канал. Зарубежное и тематическое вещание / Эфир / Телевизионное знакомство. Людмила Гурченко
  5. ^ Урмас Отт: «Со мной уже не случится очень многого»
  6. ^ a b c "Piercing The Privacy Veil". TIME Magazine. Oct 10, 1988. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  7. ^ Suri Urmas Ott (Estonian)

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