National News Agency of Malaysia or BERNAMA, a
statutory body, was set up by an Act of Parliament
in 1967 and began operations in May 1968.
appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is created to
ensure that BERNAMA is always guided by the
provisions of the Act in implementing its
BERNAMA is managed by a
Board of Governors
appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The Board
comprises a Chairman and six representatives each
from the Federal Government and Newspapers that are
subscribers of BERNAMA. They each have alternate
members who are also appointed by the Yang
The BERNAMA management is headed by a General
Manager who is assisted by a
that implements all programmes and activities as
well as decisions of the Board of Governors.
The agency has its offices in all the states in
Malaysia and correspondents in Singapore, Jakarta,
Bangkok and stringers or retainers in United States
Of America, Nepal and Europe.
Equipped with fully computerised operations, it
provides general and economic news services and
screen-based real time financial information
services to subscribers in Malaysia and Singapore.
BERNAMA’s role as a source of reliable and latest
news is well known among local and international media
including government agencies, corporations,
universities and individuals nationwide.
Most Malaysian newspapers and electronic media and
other international news agencies are BERNAMA
subscribers. BERNAMA is operating in the information
industry, which is competitive but has tremendous
Previously BERNAMA’s news and information were only
in the form of text and still photographs but with
the launching of its audio-visual unit known as
BERNAMA News Channel (previously known as BERNAMA
TV) in September 1998, news is now available
in the form of visuals.
BERNAMA is continuously conducting research to
upgrade the quality of its products and services
which include real-time financial information,
real-time news, an electronic library, dissemination
of press releases, event management, photo and video
The Internet has opened up new opportunities for
BERNAMA in disseminating its news and information
services directly to the public. This is done
through its own web sites and through other web
sites. BERNAMA is also offering value-added news
packages for Internet entrepreneurs maintaining
their own web sites.
In order to achieve long-term success, continued
investment and business development are of the
paramount importance for BERNAMA.