Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India (PTI) is the largest news agency in India. It is headquartered in Delhi and is a nonprofit cooperative among more than 450 Indian newspapers and has a staff of about 2,000 writers spread 150 offices nationwide. It took over the Indian operations of the Associated Press and Reuters soon after India's independence on August 15, 1947 . It provides news coverage and information of the region in both English and Hindi.
It exchanges information with several other news agencies including 100 news agencies based outside India, such as Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, The New York Times and Bloomberg L.P.. Major Indian subscribers of PTI include The Hindu, Times of India, the Indian Express, the Hindustan Times, the All India Radio and Doordarshan. PTI has offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Colombo, Dubai, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, New York and Washington D.C..
PTI correspondents are also based in leading capitals and important business and administrative centres around the world. It also has exchange arrangements with several foreign news agencies to magnify its global news footprint.
Its current chairman is R Lakshmipathy.
 History of PTI
|1910||Birth of Associated Press of India, PTI's forerunner floated by K C Roy, often called the first Indian news agency|
|1919||Reuters takes over operations of API but still uses API credit line|
|1945||API registered as a private limited Indian company wholly owned by Reuters|
|1947, August 27||Press Trust of India incorporated in Madras|
|1949, February 1||PTI begins news services, taking over operations from API but still maintains links with Reuters.|
|1953||PTI becomes a free agent, independent of Reuters|
|1976||PTI Economic Service is launched|
|1976, February||PTI, UNI, Samachar Bharati and Hindusthan Samachar merge under pressure during emergency to become 'Samachar'|
|1978, April||PTI and the other three news agencies go back to their original units to restrart independent news operations|
|1980, July||PTI Feature Service launched|
|1981, October||PTI Science Service launched|
|1982, November||PTI launches Scan, on-screen news display service|
|1984||PTI service launched for subscribers in USA|
|1985||Computerisation of news operations starts PTI service launched for subscribers in UK|
|1986, February||PTI-TV launched|
|1986, April||PTI-Bhasha launched, making it bi-lingual, a concept started by Samachar Bharati.|
|1986, August||Experimental broadcast of news and pix via Insat-IB begins, Computer system made fully operational|
|1987, August||Stockscan I launched|
|1987, October||PTI photo service launched|
|1992, August||PTI Mag launched|
|1993, August||PTI Graphics service launched|
|1995, March||PTI launches StockScan II|
|1996, February||PTI invests for the first time in a foreign registered Company, Asia Pulse, which provides an on-line data bank on economic opportunities in Asian countries|
|1997, December||PTI introduces photo-dial up facility|
|1999, March||PTI celebrates Golden Jubilee. PTI goes on internet|
|2003, September||PTI launches internet delivery of its news and photo services|
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