Hyderabad: Media baron Ch Ramoji Rao has stepped down as Editor of Eenadu from Saturday. He was Editor for Eenadu , the largest circulated Telugu newspaper, for almost 46 years. The speculation doing round is that Ramoji Rao has decided given increasing complications including Andhra Pradesh government issuing circulars to all departments to file cases against defaming news stories.
Senior journalist DN Prasad has been named as Editor of Eenadu in Telangana and M Nageswara Rao who is so far heading Eenadu Journalism School and Desk is now the Editor of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and New Delhi editions. Eenadu that has around 16.6 lakh circulation and widely read. Ramoji Rao’s son Ch Kiron is the managing director of the company, and he didn’t take up the legacy of his father.
Ramoji Rao’s name still appears on imprint as the founder of Eenadu. Ramoji Rao’s Eenadu has been accused by then Chief Minister Dr YS Rajasehkar Reddy and the current CM of AP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for being biased in editorial policy.
The key allegation against Ramoji Rao is that he has been supporting Telugudesam party run by N Chandrababu Naidu. Ramoji Rao and Chandrababu Naidu belong to the same community. It was Eenadu that supported NT Rama Rao when the actor launched Telugu Desam party and the newspaper also given positive coverage during the revolt of Naidu against his father- in-law at Viceroy hotel. Despite facing accusations of political bias Eenadu’s brand is considered as most trusted one and the organization is hailed for maintaining editorial standards.
The only evident aspect is that Eenadu is biased for TDP and has been writing critical stories against YSR Congress. After YS Jagan came into power, he ordered the officials to book cases for alleged false news. This has been protested widely by the newspapers.