The Press Trust of India Ltd.
Company typeNon-profit cooperative[1]
IndustryNews media
Founded27 August 1947; 76 years ago (1947-08-27)
HeadquartersPTI Building, 4, Parliament Street,
New Delhi
Area served
Key people
RevenueIncrease 1.73 billion (US$21 million)[3] (2016–17-18)
Number of employees
1,000+ (2014)
  • PTI Bhasha
  • PTI Photo
  • PTI Graphics

The Press Trust of India Ltd., commonly known as PTI, is the largest news agency in India.[4] It is headquartered in New Delhi and is a nonprofit cooperative among more than 500 Indian newspapers. It has over 500 full-time employees as of 1 January 2022, including about 400 journalists. It also has nearly 400 part-time correspondents in most of the district headquarters of the country.[5] PTI also has correspondents in major capitals and important business centres around the world. It was incorporated in Madras in 1947 with The Hindu's proprietor, Kasturi Srinivasan, as its Founding Chairman. It took over the operations of the Associated Press of India from Reuters in 1948–49.[6][7] It provides news coverage and information of the region in both English and Hindi.[8][9][10][11]

Overview of PTI

A 1999 stamp dedicated to the 50th anniversary of PTI, featuring its logo on top.

PTI 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, The Times of India, The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, The Statesman, The Tribune, News 18, NDTV, India Today, the All India Radio, Doordarshan, and The Wire. PTI has offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Colombo, Dubai, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, New York City, and Washington D.C.[12]

Its current chairman is Aveek Sarkar.[13] He is also the vice chairman of ABP group.[14]

History of PTI

Time Event
1905 Birth of Associated Press of India (API) floated by K C Roy, often called the first Indian news agency[15]
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, 27 August Press Trust of India incorporated in Madras , The Hindu's Kasturi Srinivasan becomes founding chairman.
1949, 1 February PTI begins news services, taking over operations from API but still maintains links with Reuters.[6][7]
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'.[16]
1978, April PTI and the other three news agencies go back to their original units to restart 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 United States
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. ^ "Press Trust of India sacks 297 staff in one day / IFJ". International Federation of Journalists. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Contact us". Press Trust of India. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Viveck Goenka of Indian Express elected new PTI Chairman". India Today. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  4. ^ Embassy of India (Moscow) – NEWS AGENCIES Archived 5 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Overview of PTU". Press Trust of India. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ a b About PTI, Press Trust of India, retrieved 14 March 2017.
  7. ^ a b "News Agencies: Their Structure and Operation" (PDF). UNESCO. 1953. pp. 16, 21.
  8. ^ Mehta, Archit (9 April 2020). "Communal attack in Bawana shared with false claim of Muslim man injecting fruits with spittle". Alt News. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  9. ^ Roy, Shreyashi (14 February 2020). "2 Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in Kolkata? No, Media Misreported". The Quint. Archived from the original on 16 June 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  10. ^ Alphonso, Anmol (22 April 2020). "PTI Misreports Maharashtra Home Minister On Palghar Lynching". BOOM. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  11. ^ Dubbudu, Rakesh (19 July 2017). "Has the UP Govt Slashed Funds for Education? Here's a Fact Check". The Quint. Archived from the original on 6 April 2024. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Press Trust of India". AsiaNet. Archived from the original on 25 March 2024.
  13. ^ "Aveek Sarkar is new PTI Chairman". The Tribune (Chandigarh). 31 August 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  14. ^ "ABP's Aveek Sarkar new PTI chairman". The Times of India. 31 August 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  15. ^ "News Agencies: Their Structure and Operation" (PDF). UNESCO. 1953. p. 10.
  16. ^ Shrivastava, K. M. (2007). News Agencies from Pigeon to Internet. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. p. 51. ISBN 9781932705676.

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