Viveck Goenka, chairman and managing director of Express Group was unanimously elected as Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI). N Ravi, former editor-in-chief of The Hindu was elected vice-chairman. They were elected at the meeting of the board of directors of PTI following the company’s 69th annual general meeting. Goenka who was earlier vice-chairman will succeed Riyad Mathew of Malayala Manorama group.
Viveck Goenka is an engineer by qualification. He has been heading Express Group since the mid-1990s. The group runs English newspapers The Indian Express and The Financial Express, Hindi newspaper Jansatta and Marathi newspaper Loksatta. He is also director of Indian Newspaper Society and member of Advertising Association’s India chapter. In past, he was chairman of United News of India (UNI) news agency and council member of Audit Bureau of Circulation. He is also head of non-profit Ramnath Goenka Foundation.
Press Trust of India
PTI is largest news agency in India. It is non-profit cooperative among more than 500 Indian newspapers and has more than 1,000 full-time employees. It provides news coverage and information of the region in both English and Hindi. It is headquartered in New Delhi.
It had taken over operations of Associated Press of India (API) from Reuters after India’s independence in 1947. It employs over 400 journalists and 500 part-time correspondents located in most of the district headquarters in the country.