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  • Malayala Manorama Chief Editor K M Mathew passes away

    Published on August 1, 2010

    K M Mathew, Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama daily and a doyen of Indian media industry, passed away at his residence in Kottayam on Sunday morning.

    Mathew was a former Chairman of Press Trust of India, he was 93.

    He is survived by three sons, Mammen Mathew, Philip Mathew and Jacob Mathew and daughter Thankam. His wife Annamma Mathew had predeceased him. His funeral will take place at the Puthenpally Church cemetery in Kottayam on Monday.
    Mathew had played a key role in making Malayala Manorama one of the major Indian language dailies after he took over the reins of the media house a few decades ago.  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi called up the bereaved family and conveyed their condolences.

    A recipient of Padma Bhushan and several other coveted honours, Mathew steered Malayala Manorama to grow into a major media house in the country as the flagship daily became a multi-edition newspaper.

    The group is bringing out as many as 46 publications, including the English weekly ‘The Week’.

    Mathew, born on 2nd January, 1917, is the son of K C Mammen Mappilai, a pioneer of Malayalam journalism, and Kunjannamma.

    He became Managing Editor of Malayala Manorama in 1954 and Chief Editor in 1973.

    Mathew’s memoirs,” “Ettamathe Mothiram”, published a few years ago, was highly appreciated for its literary and historical value.

    He had also penned a moving memoir on his wife Annamma, who died a few years ago.

    His sons Mammen Mathew is the Editor of Malayala Manorama, Philip Mathew its Managing Editor and Jacob Mathew the Executive Editor.

    Prez, PM, Sonia, condole death of K M Mathew

    President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi condoled the death of Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama daily K M Mathew, who passed away in Kottayam on Sunday morning.

    Dr. Singh and Gandhi called up the bereaved family and conveyed their condolences.

    “We have lost a hardworking, dynamic and visionary journalist who made Malayala Manorama a major Indian language daily,” the President said expressing her condolence.

    Mathew, a doyen of Indian media industry and a former Chairman of Press Trust of India, died at the age of 93.

    In a message, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said Mathew was a “visionary” and recalled his contribution towards development journalism.

    Soni said that Mathew was a pioneer for the development of language media in the country.

    “His contribution towards development journalism remains unparalleled. He promoted social issues,” the minister said, adding his death leaves a void.

    Chairman of PTI Board of Directors, Vijay Kumar Chopra, paid tributes to Mathew, recalling his services to the Indian media and to PTI in particular.

    “He was a visionary who left a mark on the Indian media industry. His contribution to the growth of PTI was also significant,” Chopra said.

    Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, leaders of political parties and people from different walks of life also expressed profound grief at the passing away of the veteran journalist.

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