Eminent journalist and former Press Academy president Potturi Venkateswara Rao (86) died of cancer at his residence in Hyderabad on Thursday.
A native of Potturu village in Guntur district, Venkateswara Rao was a pioneer of quality Telugu journalism and left his mark on the newspapers he worked for. In a career spanning five decades, Venkateswara Rao worked.
Andhra Bhoomi ,
Andhra Pradesh . Between 2004 and 2010, he frequently found time to deliver guest lectures to students of Journalism and Mass Communication at Acharya Nagarjuna University. He started his career in
Andhra Janata In 1957, he became editor of Venkateswara Rao
Andhra Pradesh .
He has written and co-authored books, including one on former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, titled “Years in Power”.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed his deep condolences on the death of Venkateswara Rao. In a statement on Thursday, he lauded Venkateswara Rao for his services in the field of Telugu journalism. He conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.
I lost a friend: Naidu
Expressing his condolences, former TDP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and senior journalist N. Chandrababu Naidu said the services rendered by the senior journalist are commendable. He was the first among journalists who strived for values in journalism and was a guiding lamp for all journalists. His death was a huge loss for both the Telugu States. Personally, I lost a close friend, he added.