Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), the country’s national news agency was launched on January 1, 1972. The Dhaka bureau of the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) was turned into the national news agency of the new country.
Beginning with a small strength in the head office in Dhaka and a bureau in Chittagong, BSS now has bureaus in Rajshahi, Rangpur, Bagura, Khulna, Barishal, Rangamati and Sylhet also.
The national news agency has its correspondents in all the 64 administrative districts of the country. The agency functions almost round the clock to disseminate national, international, political, economic, development and other news to nearly 50 subscribers across the country.
BSS subscribes to international wire services AFP and exchanges news with Press Trust of India (PTI), Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Xinhua, the official news agency of China, Bernama of Malaysia and TransData of Australia.
BSS transmits news features including IPS features.
BSS introduced Bangla news service in 1999 in the backdrop of swelling number of Bangla newspapers in Bangladesh.