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PRNewswire
PR Newswire
Subsidiary
Industry
  • Publications
  • communications
PredecessorsMuschel?
Western Union
United Newspapers
Cision
FoundedMarch 8, 1954; 66 years ago (1954-03-08)
FounderHerbert Muschel
Headquarters
350 Hudson Street, Suite 300 New York City, New York
,
U.S. 10014-4504[1]
ProductsNewswire service
ParentCision Inc.
Websitewww.prnewswire.com

PR Newswire is a distributor of press releases headquartered in New York City.[2] The service was created in 1954 to allow companies to electronically send press releases to news organizations, at first using teleprinters. The founder, Herbert Muschel, operated the service from his house in Manhattan for approximately 15 years. The business was eventually sold to Western Union and then United Newspapers of London.[3] In December 2015, Cision Inc. announced it would acquire the company.[4]

History

PR Newswire was founded in March 1954.[5] In 1971, it was sold to Western Union,[3] which had provided the telecommunications lines and teleprinters that supported the service. In 1977, PR Newswire began using electronic terminals for copy editing.[]

In 2000 the company acquired eWatch, founded in 1995 as an automated service to monitor websites, chat rooms, Usenet groups, web publications, online service forums and investor message boards for mentions of a specific organization, issue, product or service. In 2001, PR Newswire issued a multimedia news release for Touchstone Pictures promoting the film Pearl Harbor, which included b-roll, soundbites, high resolution images, and film trailer.[6] On April 17, 2007, PR Newswire acquired Vintage Filings.[7]

In December 2008, PR Newswire moved its New York City corporate headquarters from Midtown Manhattan to Lower Manhattan, at 350 Hudson Street.[1] In mid-2009, PR Newswire acquired The Fuel Team.[8] The largest competitor to PR Newswire is Business Wire, as of 2014.[9] On December 15, 2015, PR Newswire was sold to global media intelligence company, Cision, for $841 million.[4] The transaction, which required approval by the shareholders of UBM plc as well as regulatory approvals, was expected to close late in the first quarter of 2016. As of June 2016 (closing date of the deal) it became a subsidiary of Cision.[2] As of 2013, the PR newswire database included 10,700 syndicated websites and had 800,000 journalists and influencers in its network.[9]

In the 2010s, PR Newswire and its competitor Business Wire were the target of extensive successful attacks by Ukrainian hackers, who accessed not yet published press releases to enable insider trading.[10] According to the FBI, the case was the world's largest known computer hacking and securities fraud, with profits exceeding $100 million in those trades that were made public by the SEC alone, but believed to be vastly higher than that by the authorities.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Worldwide Offices - New York Headquarters". PR Newswire Association LLC. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b Todd Spangler (June 17, 2016). "PR Newswire CEO Bob Gray to Exit as Cision Completes $841 Million Acquisition". Variety. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ a b Abelson, Reed (November 5, 2003). "Herbert Muschel, 85, Founder Of Service for Corporate News". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ a b Bray, Chad (December 15, 2015). "PR Newswire Sold to Cision for $841 Million". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "About PR Newswire". PR Newswire. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Touchstone Pictures' "Pearl Harbor" Premieres". Archived from the original on August 23, 2002.
  7. ^ "United Business Media acquires Vintage Filings, LLC". April 18, 2007. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "PR Newswire Acquires Leading Online News Room Hosting Company, The Fuel Team". PR Newswire. July 31, 2009. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ a b "UBM plc Annual Report and Accounts 2013" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ a b Koshiw, Isobel (2018-08-22). "How a hacker network turned stolen press releases into $100 million". The Verge. Retrieved .

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