Set up in 1988, United News of Bangladesh (UNB), is the first fully computerised wire service in the private sector in South Asia. With Associated Press of America (AP), the world's largest wire service as its principal partner in news exchange and its network of correspondents and reporters across the country and around the world, UNB supplies news, features and news photos to its subscribers within and outside the country numbering about 100. UNB's subscribers include all leading local newspapers, important government offices, Bangladesh Television, Radio Bangladesh and some electronic and print media in cities abroad like London, New York and Dubai.
In addition to its main service, UNB maintains a Bangla (Bengali) service. UNB also operates an overseas service that provides news stories to foreign subscribers and a clipping service to meet the special needs of clients. UNB has adopted a state-of-the-art communication system to ensure a fast and efficient delivery of its services to the subscribers round the clock.
To keep pace with the globalization and the consequent economic liberalization, UNB management has upgraded and strengthened its financial services to give value to its customers.
UNB is recognized as the nation's most dependable and credible source of news and information, serving some 20 million readers, listeners and viewers in Bangladesh everyday. UNB's newsroom processes the equivalent of about a quarter million words a day gathered from the network of its local correspondents and reporters covering 64 districts of the country and dispatches from its international partners and overseas correspondents. UNB is run by a team of professional and technical staff totaling about 200 including its correspondents.
UNB has in place news exchange agreements with national news agencies of several countries. Besides AP, these news agencies include UNI (India), Xinhua (China), Kyodo (Japan), ANSA (Italy) STT-FNB (Finland) and Rompress (Romania). UNB has membership of such international professional bodies as OANA (Organization of Asian and Pacific News Agencies), CPU (Commonwealth Press Union), AMIC (Asian Mass Communication Research and Information Centre) and AsiaNet.
In recognition of its social responsibility, UNB has set up a human rights desk in its newsroom. Its purpose is to collect and give publicity through its own outfit, news and in depth stories on human rights issues designed to sensitize and create an awareness among the public that will have an impact and lead to some kind of action to improve the human rights situation on the ground.