Eenadu is a Telugu daily newspaper that is published from the state of Andhra Pradesh, located in the southern part of India. According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2017, Eenadu is the top read Telugu newspaper with a readership of 15.84 million, making it the ninth ranked newspaper in the top ten list of non-English language newspapers, and fourth in the list of regional language newspapers. The paper is part of the Ramoji Group, owned by Ramoji Rao, a veteran in the media and film business, who also owns a film production and marketing company, a slew of television channels in the brand name Eenadu Television among other businesses.
Media Companies / Groups
Eenadu newspaper is owned by Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited, a part of Ramoji Group. The stakeholders of Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited are: Ramoji Rao (3.59%), Cherukuri Kiron (0.21%), Margadarsi chit fund private limited (44.55%), Ushakiran movies limited (35.64%), Colorama printers private limited (13.57), Equitor Trading Enterprise Pvt.Ltd (1.36%) and Teesta Retail Pvt. Ltd. (1.08%).
Ramoji Rao and family owns 100% share of Margadarsi chit fund private limited, Ushakiron movies limited and Colorama printers private limited. Ramoji Rao through Margadarsi Chit Fund Company owns 13.72% of Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited, 18.54% through Ushakiron Movies Limited, and 6.41 % through Colorama Printers Private Limited, making a total stake of Ramoji Rao as 42.26% in Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited.
Similarly, Ramoji Rao’s son, Cherukuri Kiron holds 16.48% share of Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited through Margadarsi Chit Funds Private Limited, 8.09% shares through Ushakiron Movies Limited and 3.58% shares through Colorama Printers Private Limited. Total stake of Cherukuri Kiron in Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited is 28.36%.
Ramoji Rao’s daughter-in-law, Cherukuri Vijayeshwari, wife of the deceased younger son, Cherukuri Suman, holds 25.38% in Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited through the Group companies – Margadarsi Chit Funds Private Limited (13.72%), Ushakiron Movies Limited (8.09%), and Colorama Printers Private Limited (3.57%). 1.56% share of the company is held by other members of the family.
The total stake of Ramoji Rao and Family in Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited is 97.56%, where Ramoji holds 42.26%, his eldest son Cherukuri Kiron holds 28.36% and his daughter-in-law, Cherukuri Vijayeswari holds 25.38%.
Affiliated Interests Founder
is the Chairman of the Ramoji Group. He started the first company – Margadarsi Chit Fund Private Limited in 1962. His sons – Kiron and Suman – joined him in the Group businesses. Among many other properties and businesses, he runs the very sought after Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, that the Group claims is the largest integrated film city. Rao is the Director of the Group companies including Priya Foods Private Limited, Ramoji Multimedia Private Limited, Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited, Om Spiritual City, Om Spiritual City Infra Private Limited, Dolphin Hotels Private Limited, Ushodaya Shipping Private Limited, Ramoji Tourism Gateway Private Limited, Margadarsi Housing Private Limited, Margadarsi Chits Private Limited, Manpower Selection and Management Services Private Limited, Balbharat Academy, Ramoji Krian Film Ventures Private Limited, Ushakiron Wellness Centre Private Limited and Eenadu Television Private Limited.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
is the Chairman of the Ramoji Group. See above for more.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
USHODAYA ENTERPRISES LIMITED,
Eenadu Complex, Somajiguda,
Hyderabad - 500082
T.: +91 140 2331818
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For a prominent newspaper like Eenadu, very little information is available online about the editorial team and the leadership that runs the newspaper. Although the papers is published by a company called Ushodaya Publications, which is a part of Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited, no verifiable information is available for this company and its activities. The company has been written to, by mail on the 3rd April 2019,and courier, on the 10th April 2019 asking for clarification and verification of data. There has been no response from the company.