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About BNA
The Bahraini News Agency (BNA) is an extension to the Information Affairs Authority (IAA) that was established in Riyadh 1967 by a unanimous decision of Gulf Cooperation Council’s Information Ministers , where the late Minister of Information Tariq Al Moayed was employed as the first chairman of the agency’s board of directors and Nabil bin Yaqub Al Hamar was positioned as BNA’s general manager.

BNA was originally named Gulf News Agency, In April 1st 1978 the first official news was broadcasted under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. The agency was combined with the Ministry of Information in 1985 whereas the name was adjusted to Bahrain News Agency in 2003, working under the umbrella of IAA President Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa .
The unlimited support of the Kingdom to the employees of the agency had significant influence on building a reliable source to local, regional and international news of political, economic or cultural activities.
In 1992 President of news at radio and television Khalid Abdulla Al Zayani was assigned for supervising BNA while Jamal Dawood Salman was appointed as BNA Chief Editor. Followed by Abdullah Salman in 2005, and as for the current director of BNA is Muhannad Suleiman.
Through adoption of latest technological developments and professional media publications BNA will continue to develop and fulfill the 2030 strategic vision of Bahrain under prosperous era of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa AL Khalifa.
The Work Mechanism at the Bahrain News Agency
The Bahrain News Agency works in a combined mechanism through distributing local and international news in both Arabic and English languages as well as composing economic, political, cultural and social reports for BNA recipients.
And through the great effort the agency broadcasts an average news ranging from 90 to 150 stories per day.
A number of reporters based in several vital capitals that supply BNA with a number of reports and news articles in order to keep up with the current and rapid events.
BNA signed cooperation and news exchange agreements with a number of Arab and foreign agencies and through these agreements BNA distribute its news worldwide.
BNA departments
1 - The Arabic and English Editorial Department:
The Editorial Department is specialized in receiving news from its offices and correspondents outside and inside the Kingdom, and from different Arabic and foreign sources. The editors conduct the news in both Arabic and English, to transmit it to BNA subscribers, such as newspapers, other news agencies, institutions, radio stations and newspapers.

BNA also broadcasts analysis, reports, surveys and local and i The Bahraini News Agency (BNA) is an extension to the Information Affairs Authority (IAA) that was established in Riyadh 1967 by a unanimous decision of Gulf Cooperation Council’s Information Ministers , where the late Minister of Information Tariq Al Moayed was employed as the first chairman of the agency’s board of directors and Nabil bin Yaqub Al Hamar was positioned as BNA’s general manager.

2 – The Monitoring Department.

BNA Monitoring Department works round the clock focusing on receiving news from their original sources and re-edit them after selecting the best through various programs and reports broadcasted by the Arab and foreign TV and radio stations.

3 – The Information Technology Department.

This department supervises BNA various technical work process, it connects BNA services with local and international news lines and makes sure equipment are in excellent condition. This Department also receives and sends photos and suggests technical ideas to upgrade BNA work process.

4 - The Internet Department.

This Department works on BNA website through providing comprehensive information about the Kingdom at the political, economic , social and touristic domains as well as interacting with BNA readers through social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

The Internet Department has an ongoing strategy to develop this unit through the use of special advanced devices that enable audience to deliver Bahraini radio and TV worldwide online.

This strategy also includes an inter-connected network joining all departments, and a facility of presenting clips of various programs produced by IAA.

5- Archive Department

This unit collects data published by press and other news agencies, which makes it rich with valuable documented information.

The Archive unit also provides the editorial department with all the backgrounds needed to make reports and analysis either through official statements from in and out the Kingdom, or through countries, characters and international organizations.