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The Banyan Tree Of News

PTI has roots spread across the country, down to remote nooks

The Banyan Tree Of News
Photo by Soumik Kar
The Banyan Tree Of News
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2016-03-04T23:13:01+05:30

The Press Trust of India (PTI) is India’s largest news agency. It was registered on August 27, 1947, less than a fortnight after independence and became operational in 1949. It’s a ‘Section 25’ not-for-profit. None of the newspapers hold­ing shares in it get dividends. The agency also owns valuable property in many cities.

PTI’s huge network, comprising 400 full-time and 500 part-time journalists, caters to hundreds of newspapers, TV stations, websites, government depart­ments, embassies, business houses and radio stations in India and abroad. Media behemoths across the world are subscribers of PTI’s service, but so are small newspapers in every nook and cranny of India, which cannot afford to employ correspondents or photographers.

Stalwarts like P.N. Haksar, Nani Palkhivala, Justice H.R. Khanna, former chief justice of India S.P. Bharucha, and jurist Fali Nariman have sat on PTI’s board. Currently, its 16-member board comprises four independent directors, including former CJI R.C. Lahoti, retired diplomat Shyam...

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