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APS 60th anniversary, story of transition from telegraph to digital media

Published on : Monday, 29 November 2021 15:36   Read : 20 time(s)
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APS 60th anniversary, story of transition from telegraph to digital media

ALGIERS-Algeria Press Service (APS) news agency will celebrate next Wednesday the 60th anniversary of its creation. It was on December 1, 1960, in Tunis in the middle of the Algerian people's struggle for independence.

In the aftermath of the recovery of national sovereignty, APS moved to Algiers, previously in two different places, the district of the Kasbah of Algiers and the aero-habitat building overlooking the bay of the capital.

Once settled at Che Guevara Avenue (Algiers), the agency was equipped with tools worthy of a real press agency (telegraphic lines, telex and recruitment of journalists). In the beginning, APS had used modest means, including the system of pneumatic (tube containing a missive -information- sent by an underground pipe of office to office using compressed air. A network connects various administrative offices).

In January 1993, APS is headquartered in Kouba. It was involved in the battle of new technologies. On January 1, 1994, the agency launched its first computerized editorial system, and on April 25, 1995, began to broadcast news automatically. On February 18, 1998, APS creates a website hosted at the Research Center on Scientific and Technical Information (CERIST) for more than one year.

On July 5, 1998, APS launches its web page in Arabic and APS Online service. This is the starting point of a new stage that engaged APS in the global race of information and communication technologies (ICTs). In November of the same year, APS started broadcasting by satellite, a measure that allowed the agency to expand its range of services.

Customers can now log in to the agency’s databases, specialized or customized services, digital photos, and computer graphics products remotely and in real-time. APS has also created a Youtube channel. Moreover, the agency has a data center, expanded year after year, which manages all its digital activities since 1993.

Keen to be always up to date and at the heart of events through broad coverage, APS is active countrywide through regional offices in each province. It has four (4) regional offices (Blida, Ouargla, Constantine and Oran) which group and coordinate the activity of 47 offices spread across the country. The agency is currently working for a redeployment to cover the ten (10) new provinces created recently.

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APS 60th anniversary, story of transition from telegraph to digital media

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