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... as a membership organisation

IPTC is the global standards body of the news media.

Our mission is to simplify the distribution of information. We develop and promote efficient technical standards to improve the management and exchange of information between content providers, intermediaries and consumers. We thereby enable easy, cost-effective and rapid innovation.
We are committed to open standards and make all of our standards freely available to our members and the wider community.
Founded in 1965 and based in London, the IPTC brings together the world's leading news agencies, publishers and industry vendors.

You can follow the IPTC on Twitter at @IPTC


Currently more than 50 companies, organisations and associations from the news industry are members of the IPTC, they are drawn from all continents except South America and Oceania. Find all current members on this page.

Questions about IPTC membership - here you can find the answers: download and review our "Membership Q&A" document.

More on IPTC membership can be found on the "How to Join" page.

Stuart Myles, IPTC Chairman
Stuart Myles of the Associated Press is the Chairman of the IPTC Board since 2014.
Michael Steidl, Managing Director
Michael Steidl is the Managing Director of the IPTC.

IPTC History

The IPTC was established in 1965 by a group of news organisations including the Alliance Européenne des Agences de Presse, ANPA (now NAA), FIEJ (now WAN) and the North American News Agencies (a joint committee of Associated Press, Canadian Press and United Press International) to safeguard the telecommunications interests of the World's Press.
Since the late 1970's IPTC's activities have primarily focussed on developing and publishing Industry Standards for the exchange of news data of all common media types.

IPTC as a company

The IPTC is registered as a private company limited-by-guarantee at the Companies House for England. The registered name is "Comité International des Télécommunications de Presse", the registration number is 1010968 and the registered office is 10 Portland Business Centre, Datchet, Slough, Berks, SL3 9EG. The company is not registered for VAT.

"International Press Telecommunications Council" is the business name of the company and the business address (to where all postal mail should be sent) is:
25 Southampton Buildings
London, WC2A 1AL
United Kingdom

On the Board of Directors are:
Stuart Myles, Director, Chairman of the Board
Vincent Baby, Director

Andreas Gebhard, Director
Stéphane Guérillot, Director
Evan Sandhaus, Director
Robert Schmidt-Nia, Director
Michael Steidl, Managing Director
Guowei Wu, Director

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Membership Q&A

Questions about IPTC membership and standards? Here are the answers.

How To Join

We have a page full of details about joining the IPTC.

More Resources

Publicly available documents with information about the IPTC as an organisation are available on this page.