Press Trust of India
|Founded||27 August 1947|
|Mahendra Mohan Gupta (Chairman)|
Number of employees
Press Trust of India (PTI) is the largest news agency in India. It is headquartered in New Delhi and is a nonprofit cooperative among more than 500 Indian newspapers and has 984 full-time employees, as on January 8, 2014. It employs over 400 journalists and 500 part-time correspondents located in most of the district headquarters in the country. A few correspondents are based in major capitals and important business centres on the world. It took over the operations of the Associated Press from Reuters soon after India's independence on August 15, 1947. It provides news coverage and information of the region in both English and Hindi. Its corporate office is located at Sansad Marg, New Delhi and registered office in D N Road, Mumbai.
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 Statesman, The Tribune, the All India Radio and Doordarshan. PTI has offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Colombo, Dubai, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, New York and Washington D.C..
Its current chairman is Mr Mahendra Mohan Gupta.
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 Hindustan 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 pictures 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|
|2007, July||PTI KU-Band VSAT system for delivery of its news and photo services launched|
|2010, March||PTI launches NewsView for delivery of its news (.txt and .xml) and photo services|
- United Press of India
- United News of India
- Samachar Bharati
- Hindustan Samachar
- Asian News International, another major news agency based in Delhi
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