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Press Trust of India

Press Trust of India (PTI)
Industry News media
Founded 1947
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Number of employees

Press Trust of India (PTI) is the largest news agency in India.[1] 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.[2][3] It employs over 400 journalists and 500 part-time correspondents located in most of the district headquarters in the country.[4] 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..[5]

Press Trust of India is the only news agency in South Asia which operates its own communication satellite, an INSAT, to broadcast news and information.

Its current chairman is Mr Mahendra Mohan Gupta.[6]

History of PTI

Time Event
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 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

See also


  1. ^ Embassy of India (Moscow) - NEWS AGENCIES
  2. ^ Full Time, Employees. "Employee details of PTI". Employees Provident Fund Organisation. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Press Trust of India (PTI) (news agency) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  4. ^ Press Trust of India, (PTI). "Overview of PTU". Press Trust of India. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Press Trust of India
  6. ^ [1]

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