Press Association (PA) is a multimedia news agency operating in
United Kingdom and Ireland.
PA is part of PA Group Limited, a private company with 26
shareholders, most of whom are national and regional newspaper
publishers. The biggest shareholders include the Daily Mail and
News UK, and UBM. PA Group also encompasses Globelynx,
which provides TV-ready remotely monitored camera systems for
corporate clients to connect with TV news broadcasters in the UK and
worldwide; TNR, a specialist communications consultancy; Sticky
Content, the UK's leading digital copywriting and content strategy
agency; and StreamAMG, a video streaming business.
PA, the news agency, delivers a continuous feed of content via a
national newswire, including text, images, video and data into
newsrooms around the country. This ranges from international sports
data and entertainment guides, to TV listings and archived images.
The Group's photography arm, PA Images, has a portfolio comprising
more than 20 million photographs online and around 10 million in
physical archives dating back 150 years.
PA has continually evolved to provide businesses, brands and public
sector organisations with multimedia content. PA’s products and
services span across sports data APIs, hosted live blogs, social media
content, media training, page production services and TV
PA’s customers are varied, consisting of non-media customers,
business brands, commercial companies, Government and not-for-profit
3 Other divisions and ventures
3.1 PA Training
3.4 Sticky Content
4 Key people
4.1 Board of directors
5 See also
7 Further reading
8 External links
Founded in 1868 by a group of provincial newspaper proprietors, the PA
provides a London-based service of news-collecting and reporting from
around the United Kingdom.
The news agency's founders sought to produce a more accurate and
reliable alternative to the monopoly service of the telegraph
companies. A committee appointed to make arrangements for the
formation of the organisation said: "The
Press Association is formed
on the principle of co-operation and can never be worked for
individual profit, or become exclusive in its character".
In January 1870 the agency moved from temporary offices into new
headquarters at Wine Office Court, off Fleet Street. At 5am on
Saturday 5 February 1870, its first press telegram was transmitted.
The first PA lobby correspondent in 1874 and the first sports editor
in 1883. The agency's first Editor-in-Chief was Arthur Cranfield,
appointed in 1926.
In 1995, PA moved from Fleet Street to Vauxhall Bridge Road, enabling
the company to rapidly expand its output particularly in the sports
and new media divisions.
Press Association launched the
Ananova news website in 2000.
Ananova was then sold to Orange, and in December 2013, PA Group sold
its weather business MeteoGroup, Europe's largest private sector
weather company, to global growth investment firm General Atlantic.
In 2005, the company changed its name to PA Group to reflect its
diverse and increasingly digital business activities.
In February 2015, PA announced the sale of its finance publications
divisions, which included TelecomFinance and SatelliteFinance.
A full history of the
Press Association was written by Chris
Moncrieff, CBE, the former Political Editor of the Press Association
in 2001 called "Living on a Deadline."
PA’s service supplies news, sport, entertainment and images stories,
delivered in multi-format for various print and digital platforms. The
editor-in-chief of the news agency is Pete Clifton, who was
appointed in October 2014.
PA provides a stream of content on wires, delivers packages for use
online, or designs and delivers ready-to-publish pages for use in
print. This media content now includes video and interactive graphics.
News reporters file stories every day, from breaking news to show
business and human interest stories.
In sport, PA reports on the major events around the world including
tennis, golf, rugby, horse racing and key football tournaments.
PA's entertainment journalists gather celebrity coverage, star
interviews and independent reviews.
Award-winning images from PA Images provide photographic content
for the news, sport and entertainment genres from around the world.
Images are multi-format and available for multiple platforms, e.g.
In March 2015, PA launched a training bursary scheme for Black and
Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) aspiring journalists to encourage a more
ethnically and socially diverse newsroom. The scheme is in partnership
with the Journalism Diversity Fund.
Around the Company's coverage of the UK General Election 2015, PA
partnered with Google to provide election data on all of the
parliamentary candidates standing around the country; and joined
forces with Facebook to curate content from across the web for its
UK Politics community page.
Other divisions and ventures
PA Training is Europe's biggest journalism and media training company.
It was formed in 2006, when the
Press Association acquired Trinity
Mirror's training centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. The NCTJ course in
Newcastle has been around since 1969.
The business already owned the former Westminster Press-owned
Editorial Centre and merged the two businesses to become PA Training,
and has a proud history of training many of the UK's leading
It offers courses in magazine journalism, sports, news and features,
and in 2013 PA Training acquired PMA Media Training; the magazine
industry's leading training organisation.
In 2014, PA's journalism training centre in Newcastle was named by the
NCTJ as the best in Britain.
In March 2015, PA Training created an online learning course so that
journalists can learn about and test their knowledge of the Editors'
Code of Practice. PA Training developed the course to meet the
requirements of the
Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO),
which adopted the code previously overseen by the Press Complaints
The specialist communications consultancy is part of the PA Group.
Offering creative PR services from a journalistic perspective, it
provides the ability to commission PA videographers, photographers,
and offers media training by seasoned journalists.
Globelynx was founded in 2001 and is part of PA Group. Globelynx
connects, via its managed fibre optic network, a growing list of
corporate clients to TV news broadcasters in the UK and worldwide. It
provides TVready remotely monitored, broadcast-quality purpose built
Sticky Content is a digital copywriting agency based in London,
specialising in copy for brands. In October 2013, the PA Group
acquired an 80% shareholding in the company, and they moved into the
Vauxhall Bridge Road
Vauxhall Bridge Road offices in November 2013. PA Group took full
ownership of Sticky Content in 2015.
StreamAMG (Advanced Media Group) provides European companies with
global digital media solutions. PA Group acquired a 60% shareholding
in the company in April 2017.
Board of directors
Murdoch MacLennan (Chairman, PA Group; Deputy Chairman, Telegraph
Clive Marshall (Chief Executive, PA Group)
Tony Watson (Managing Director, Press Association)
Andrew Dowsett, (Chief Operating Officer, PA Group)
Ed Ethelston (Chief Financial Officer, PA Group)
Geraldine Allinson (Chairman, KM Group)
Kevin Beatty (Chief Executive, DMG Media Limited)
Rebekah Brooks (Chief Executive,
Tim Cobbold (Chief Executive, UBM plc)
Dominic Fitzpatrick (Managing Director, The Irish News)
Simon Fox (Chief Executive, Trinity Mirror)
Louise Irwin is the Company Secretary of the PA Group
PA Group has 26 shareholders, many of whom are national and regional
newspaper groups. They include:
Daily Mail and General Holdings Ltd
Trinity Mirror plc
Guardian Media Group plc
Telegraph Media Group
Telegraph Media Group Ltd
DC Thomson & Co. Ltd
the car magazine
United Kingdom portal
Media of the United Kingdom
List of news agencies
^ Sweney, Mark; Ben Dowell (14 June 2012). "PA Group records 85%
increase in profits and boosts chief executive's pay". The
^ Burrell, Ian (28 February 2011). "Ian Burrell: Agency hatched in
Victorian cab has evolved for 21st-century". The Independent.
^ Staff, Telegraph (16 December 2013). "PA sells weather business
MeteoGroup for £160m". The Telegraph.
^ "Press Assoc sells finance division". The Daily Telegraph. 6
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^ Turvill, William (28 October 2014). "Former BBC
News website editor
Pete Clifton named new
Press Association editor-in-chief ahead of
Jonathan Grun departure". The Guardian.
^ Staff, Guardian (11 March 2015). "Press awards: Everyday Sexism
founder wins Georgina Henry prize". The Guardian.
^ Lambourne, Helen (31 March 2015). "
Press Association launches
newsroom diversity bid". Hold The Front Page.
^ Linford, Paul (20 April 2015). "
Press Association to provide
election data feed to Google". Hold The Front Page.
^ Woods, Ben (31 March 2015). "Facebook partners with the Press
Association for its curated Election 2015 content". The Next
^ Greenslade, Roy (25 March 2015). "PA creates online course to teach
journalists about the editors' code". The Guardian.
Silberstein-Loeb, Jonathan. The International Distribution of News:
The Associated Press, Press Association, and Reuters, 1848-1947 (2014)
List of news agencies
Agence France-Presse (Paris)
Associated Press (New York)
Agencia Boliviana de Información (La Paz)
Agência Brasil (Brasília)
Agenzia Fides (Vatican City)
Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (Rome)
Anadolu Agency (Ankara)
Austria Press Agency (Vienna)
News International (New Delhi)
News Network (Bangkok)
News Agency (Athens)
Algeria Press Service (Algiers)
Bloomberg (New York)
Bolpress (La Paz)
News Agency (Barcelona)
Canadian Press (Toronto)
News Agency (Denver)
News Service (America)
News Agency (Taipei)
Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Hamburg)
News Agency (Nairobi)
Kyodo News (Tokyo)
Integrated Regional Information Networks (Nairobi)
Inter Press Service (Rome)
News Agency (Tehran)
News Agency of Nigeria (Abuja)
Pakistan Television (Islamabad)
Maghreb Arabe Press (Rabat)
Press Association (London)
Press Trust of India (Delhi)
RIA Novosti (Moscow)
Swiss Telegraphic Agency (Bern)
Télam (Buenos Aires)
Tunis Afrique Presse (Tunis)
United Press International (Washington, DC)
News of India (New Delhi)
News Agency (Hanoi)
Zee Media Pvt (Mumbai)
European Alliance of
News Agencies (Geneva)