PR Newswire is a distributor of press releases based in New York City. The service was created in 1954 to allow companies to electronically send press releases to news organizations, at first using teleprinters. The founder, Herbert Muschel, operated the service from his house in Manhattan for approximately 15 years. The business was eventually sold to Western Union and then United Business Media of London.
|Subsidiary of Cision Inc.|
|Founded||March 8, 1954|
|Headquarters||350 Hudson Street, Suite 300
New York City, New York, U.S. 10014-4504
PR Newswire was founded in March 1954. In 1971, it was sold to Western Union, which had provided the telecommunications lines and teleprinters that supported the service. In 1972, PR Newswire began using electronic terminals for copyediting. In 1978, the company adopted the Associated Press' computerized message handling and transmission system.
In 2000 the company acquired eWatch, founded in 1995 as an automated service to monitor websites, chat rooms, Usenet groups, web publications, online service forums and investor message boards for mentions of a specific organization, issue, product or service.
In 2001, PR Newswire issued the first Multimedia News Release for Touchstone Pictures promoting the film Pearl Harbor. The Multimedia News Release was the first press release to include b-roll, soundbites, high resolution images, and film trailer.
On April 17, 2007, PR Newswire acquired Vintage Filings. 
In mid-2009, PR Newswire acquired The Fuel Team.
On December 15, 2015, PR Newswire was sold to global media intelligence company, Cision, for 841 million dollars (USD). The transaction, which required approval by the shareholders of UBM plc as well as regulatory approvals, was expected to close late in the first quarter of 2016. As of June 2016 (closing date of the deal) it became a subsidiary of Cision.
- "Worldwide Offices - New York Headquarters". PR Newswire Association LLC. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
- Todd Spangler (June 17, 2016). "PR Newswire CEO Bob Gray to Exit as Cision Completes $841 Million Acquisition". Variety. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- Abelson, Reed (November 5, 2003). "Herbert Muschel, 85, Founder Of Service for Corporate News". New York Times. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- "About PR Newswire". PR Newswire. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- "UBM". Media Briefing. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- "Touchstone Pictures' "Pearl Harbor" Premieres". Archived from the original on August 23, 2002.
- "United Business Media acquires Vintage Filings, LLC". April 18, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
- "PR Newswire Acquires Leading Online News Room Hosting Company, The Fuel Team". PR Newswire. July 31, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
- "UBM plc Annual Report and Accounts 2013" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 25, 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.