PA snaps up agency to expand broadcast arm

Curtis-Ward: INP co-founder

The Press Association has bought the independent television news agency International News Productions to expand its TV and radio services.

The deal means INP’s 20-strong team will be brought under the umbrella of PA’s existing broadcast operation to create a single video and audio agency that will run alongside the print and photographic service.

INP, which was set up in 1989, moved to PA’s London centre in 2000, supplying news stories and features, sports and entertainment news and documentaries.

Steven Brown, managing director of PA, said "We have been working closely with INP for the past two years. This acquisition will enable PA to become a business-to-business multi-media agency, offering audio and video content alongside text, photographs and graphics."

One of INP’s founders, Sean Curtis-Ward, becomes head of TV and Radio at PA. Curtis-Ward, who worked for Worldwide TV News as news, sports and foreign editor before he set up INP, said the deal made it "worth 11 years of hard work".

He added: "I reached the stage where I thought I had taken the company as far as I could take it on my own. What we bring to the party is a unique bespoke service that gives clients what they want.

"I’m happy that aspect will be preserved because PA is very customer-focused and by creating one unit I think we can enhance that service." In its 11 years, INP has developed a network of more than 40 camera crews and producers operating in the UK and Ireland, and access to crews around the world. The company’s clients include Catalan TV, Silvio Berlusconi’s television channels and German and Finnish broadcasters.

A regular supplier for Catalan TV’s 30 Minuts programme, INP also works for the US networks and recently did a report for CBS News on an Iraqi defector.

It has a US bureau in Pennsylvania and associate bureaux in Japan, South Africa and the Middle East and is the UK bureau for several European and international broadcasters.

Julie Tomlin

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