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.
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, 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, Radio24, 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.
- 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)
Bernama News Channel, also known as BNC, is a 24-hour international news and current affairs television network in Malaysia. It is owned by Bernama, a government news agency. This channel airs news programmes that are related to local and international business, lifestyle, sports and entertainment. It is broadcast on the Astro satellite television platform via Channel 502, HyppTV via Channel 410 (previously channel 120, prior to April 2013) and the Fine TV IPTV-based network via Channel 12. Bernama News Channel's slogan is Baru & Benar (Malay for "Right & Now").
Bernama's news bulletins were initially aired on Astro Ria, Astro Prima, Astro AEC, Astro Wah Lai Toi and Astro Vaanavil, but they have since been integrated to this network. The news content on this channel is primarily broadcast in Malay, which is the official language of Malaysia. However, there are news programmes in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Tamil as well, in line with the News@Bernama, Xin Wen@Bernama, Sen Men@Bernama and Seithigal@Bernama segments respectively. Other shows that are broadcast on Bernama TV include STAR TV Biz@The Star, Sports@The Star and "Helo Malaysia" is a talk show hosted by Sherkawi Jirim.
On 25 May 2016, this channel went into a major re-brand, re-branding itself as Bernama News Channel (BNC). The re-branding exercise includes the changing of the ID, logo and colour scheme of the channel. This change will also let BNC develop original programmes such as magazines, documentaries and human interest programming, in addition to news, to cater to its multi-level audience.