(; ) is a news agency
of the government of Malaysia. It is an autonomous body placed under the Information, Culture and Communications Ministry. It was set up by an Act of Parliament in 1967 and started work on 26 May 1968.
BERNAMA has branches in every state in Malaysia
. It also has correspondents in Jakarta
, New Delhi
; as well as stringers in Washington D.C.
. Most of the news media in Malaysia
and international news agencies subscribe to BERNAMA.
It also has an audio-visual unit known as Bernama TV
which was established in 1 September 1998
. Being the Malaysian government's official news agency, Bernama's content and views are decidedly right-leaning and pro-government of the day.
On 3 September 2007, it launched a 24-hour news and talk radio station, Radio24
On 28 February 2008, it also launched a 24-hour news channel called Bernama TV
, aired on Astro Channel 502, offering news in four languages - Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil.
Bernama is an abbreviation of Ber
laysia. Bernama also means named
in the Malay langugage.