Press Trust of India (PTI) is the largest news agency in India.[2] It is headquartered in New Delhi and is a nonprofit cooperative among more than 500 Indian newspapers and has more than 1,000 full-time employees, as on January 22, 2016.[3][4] It employs over 400 journalists and 500 part-time correspondents located in most of the district headquarters in the country.[5] 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.

Overview

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..[6]

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 Hormusji N Cama.[8]

History of PTI

TimeEvent
1910Birth of Associated Press of India, PTI's forerunner floated by K C Roy, often called the first Indian news agency
1919Reuters takes over operations of API but still uses API credit line
1945API registered as a private limited Indian company wholly owned by Reuters
1947, August 27Press Trust of India incorporated in Madras
1949, February 1PTI begins news services, taking over operations from API but still maintains links with Reuters.
1953PTI becomes a free agent, independent of Reuters
1976PTI Economic Service is launched
1976, FebruaryPTI, UNI, Samachar Bharati and Hindustan Samachar merge under pressure during emergency to become 'Samachar'.
1978, AprilPTI and the other three news agencies go back to their original units to restrart independent news operations
1980, JulyPTI Feature Service launched
1981, OctoberPTI Science Service launched
1982, NovemberPTI launches Scan, on-screen news display service
1984PTI service launched for subscribers in USA
1985Computerisation of news operations starts PTI service launched for subscribers in UK
1986, FebruaryPTI-TV launched
1986, AprilPTI-Bhasha launched, making it bi-lingual, a concept started by Samachar Bharati
1986, AugustExperimental broadcast of news and pictures via Insat-IB begins, Computer system made fully operational
1987, AugustStockscan I launched
1987, OctoberPTI photo service launched
1992, AugustPTI Mag launched
1993, AugustPTI Graphics service launched
1995, MarchPTI launches StockScan II
1996, FebruaryPTI 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, DecemberPTI introduces photo-dial up facility
1999, MarchPTI celebrates Golden Jubilee. PTI goes on Internet
2003, SeptemberPTI launches internet delivery of its news and photo services
2007, JulyPTI KU-Band VSAT system for delivery of its news and photo services launched
2010, MarchPTI launches NewsView for delivery of its news (.txt and .xml) and photo services