NDTV released a statement, “Narayan Rao was an exceptional leader. He had unshakable integrity and his ability to make time to address the concerns of every person at NDTV.”
NDTV co-founders Radhika and Prannoy Roy also called him, “He was a towering personality in every way. He leaves a gigantic vacuum in our lives. We are forever grateful for his selfless leadership at NDTV and for his friendship, kindness and decency as a human being to all of us.”
According to those who closely worked with him, Rao had played an important role, along with Prannoy and Radhika, in creation, transition and growth of NDTV from a production house to a broadcaster. He had joined NDTV as General Manager in January 1995, and was a key member to make the channel; a force to reckon with.
He scaled the ladder and became Group CEO in 2007 and Executive Vice Chairperson in August 2011. In October 2016, he was reappointed for a second tenure as Group CEO of NDTV, in addition to his responsibilities as Executive Vice Chairperson.
Cable Quest deeply mourns his demise.