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The Malaysian National News Agency (Malay: Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia), abbreviated BERNAMA, is a news agency of the government of Malaysia. It is an autonomous body placed under the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia. Bernama is an abbreviation of Berita Nasional Malaysia. Bernama also means named or titled in the Malay language. It was set up by an Act of Parliament in 1967 and started work on 20 May 1968. Being the Malaysian government's official news agency, Bernama's content and views are decidedly right-leaning and pro-government of the day.
Datuk Zulkefli bin Salleh (General Manager)|
Datuk Zakaria Abdul Wahab (Editor-in-Chief)
Mr Mokhtar bin Hussein (Deputy Editor-in-Chief Domestic News Service)
Mr Mikhail Raj Abdullah (Deputy Editor-in-Chief Economic News Service)
Mr Ahmad Zukiman Zain (Deputy Editor-in-Chief International News Service)
|20 May 1968|
BERNAMA operates from its headquarters at Wisma Bernama, off Jalan Tun Razak near National Library, Kuala Lumpur. It has its branches in every state in Malaysia. It also has correspondents in Jakarta, Singapore, New Delhi, Bangkok and Beijing and also its stringers in Washington, D.C., New York City, Australia and London. Most of the news media in Malaysia and Singapore and international news agencies subscribe to BERNAMA.
Bernama began reporting using the audio-visual medium with the opening of its audio-visual division in September 1998. It also has its own radio and television channel, Bernama Radio, which is a 24-hours news and talk radio station broadcasting in the areas of Kuala Lumpur or Klang Valley on 93.9 FM and Johor Bahru on 107.5 FM, and Bernama TV a news channel which offers news in Malay, English, Chinese and Tamil on Channel 502 and Channel 410 of Astro and UniFi, respectively.