THE UK PRESS CARD AUTHORITY Ltd (UKPCA) manages a voluntary scheme for issuing press/media credentials - the UK Press Card - to professional newsgatherers working in the UK. It is wholly owned and collectively controlled by the UK's major media organisations, industry associations, trades unions, and professional associations.

The scheme is managed through 19 gatekeepers. These are national organisations which represent or employ journalists and other media personnel (employed or freelance) whose work involves gathering material for editorial publication in all media -- print, broadcast and electronic.

Each gatekeeper issues the UK Press Card to its members, or to those whom it or its members employ. The gatekeeper is responsible to the UKPCA Board for ensuring that the conditions of the scheme are adhered to.

The UK Press Card is produced by a single card contractor who holds a database of all holders. The card itself is produced to the highest modern standards, and its features are described on a poster which can be downloaded from this website. Cards have both security and verification features, and every card has to be renewed at least every two years.

The definition of eligibility is that a newsgatherer must be "wholly or significantly concerned". "professionally as a media worker who needs to identify himself or herself in public". In simple terms, s/he must earn most or all of his/her income on the front-line of the news business. The principal occupations covered include reporters and writers, photographers, TV camera operators and crews, and other broadcasting workers such as producers, researchers, dispatch riders and drivers.

The scheme was launched in 1992 by all the major industry bodies with the help of the Metropolitan Police. The aims were: the end of the proliferation of press cards; and agreement on a universallyrecognised card (bearing the word PRESS). The card is formally recognised by all police forces in the UK, by the Ministry of Justice, and de facto by other public bodies.

The UKPCA is governed by a board of directors representing every gatekeeper (each of whom holds one of the company's 19 shares). There are also a secretary and independent chair. It has a Gatekeepers' Committee (in practice a mirror of the board) which oversees the operation of the scheme, but does not itself issue cards. The committee can direct applicants to the appropriate gatekeeper if necessary.

Occasionally new gatekeepers have been admitted to the scheme. The strict criteria include:

1 Obtaining a Press Card

If you think you need a press card in the course of your work and comply with the criteria laid out in the rules, you will have to apply through one of the gatekeepers listed below. Look through the list and see which Gatekeeper seems the most appropriate and contact that Gatekeeper.

2 Renewing Press Cards

If you need to renew your press card,you should apply through the Gatekeeper who issued the press card to you. If you do not remember from whom you got the card,the prefix initials of the card number will give you the initials of the appropriate Gatekeeper organization.

3 Lost/Stolen Press cards

If you lose your press card or have it stolen, you need to re-apply through the Gatekeeper from whom you originally obtained the card. If you cannot remember which Gatekeeper issued your card then you should email the card manufacturer Custom Card International Services International (CCSI) with your full name,date of birth and home address to lostcards@presscard.uk.com. CCSI will email back the gatekeeper contact address to enable you to request the replacement card.

Enhanced security:

Every card issued from January 2009 will include enhanced security by carrying a UK Press Card Authority hologram. However, because a card may last up to two years, not every card will carry the hologram until February 2011.


The Secretary
The UK Press Card Scheme

e-mail: secretary@presscard.uk.com

Telephone: 01983 298060


WHO ARE THE GATEKEEPERS?

These are the organisations that issue press cards, with definitions of the newsgatherers they represent:


BAJ

British Association of Journalists (BAJ)
89 Fleet Street,
London
EC4Y 1PJ

Contact: Matthew Myatt - General Secretary
Please contact using the BAJ Contact Form

Tel: 020 7353 3003

Web Site: www.bajunion.org.uk

Covers: Journalists in all media


BBC

BBC
Newsgathering,
BBC Broadcasting House,
W1 NBH 02D,
Portland Place,
London W1A 1AA

Contact: Lucy Atkinson
e-mail: lucy.atkinson02@bbc.co.uk

Web Site: www.bbc.co.uk

Covers: TV, radio, staff and contract staff; national, regional and local


BECTU

Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematographic and Theatre Union (BECTU)
373-377 Clapham Road,
London
SW9 9BT

Contact: Tom Bell
e-mail: tbell@bectu.org.uk

Contact: Nancy Ackah
e-mail: nackah@bectu.org.uk

Tel: 020 7346 0900
Fax: 020 7346 0925

Web Site: www.bectu.org.uk

Covers: Production staff and freelances in TV and radio. BECTU also covers independent TV and video production.


bfbs

British Forces Broadcasting Service
Chalfont Grove,
Chalfont St Peter,
Buckinghamshire
SL9 8TN

Contact: Laura Taylor
e-mail: Laura.Taylor@bfbs.com

Web Site: www.bfbs.com

Covers: British Forces News & Forces TV.


bppa

British Press Photographers' Association
Suite 219,
2 Lansdowne Crescent,
Bournemouth
BH1 1SA

Contact: Jeff Moore
Enquiries: Joanne Turner
e-mail: presscards@thebppa.com

Web Site: www.thebppa.com

Covers: Freelance Photographers.


CH4

Channel 4
124 Horseferry Road,
London,
SW1P 2TX

Contact: Leanna Smith
e-mail: LSmith@channel4.co.uk

Tel: 0207 306 8647

Web Site: www.channel4.com/news/

Covers: Channel 4 News.


CIOJ

Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIOJ)
2 Dock Offices,
Surrey Quays Road,
London
SE16 2XU

Contact: Dominic Cooper / Norman Bartlet
e-mail: memberservices@cioj.co.uk

Tel: 020 7252 1187

Web Site: www.cioj.org

Covers: Journalists in all media.


Council of Photographic News Agencies (CPNA)
Universal Pictorial Press,
29-31 Saffron Hill,
London,
EC1 8SW.

Contact: Tony Graham

Tel: 020 7421 6002

Covers: National and international picture agencies.


EVCOM

International Visual Communication Association Ltd (EVCOM)
1st Floor,
23 Golden Square,
London,
W1F 9JP

Contact: Dave Comley
e-mail: davecomley@evcom.org.uk

Tel: 020 7287 1002

Web Site: www.evcom.org.uk

Covers: Users and suppliers of business communication and events.


FPA

Foreign Press Association (FPA)

Contact: Christopher Wyld - Director
e-mail: Christopherwyld@fpalondon.org

Contact: Terry Page (Mrs) - Press Cards
e-mail: terrypage@fpalondon.org

Web Site: www.fpalondon.org

Covers: Journalists from overseas media working in the UK

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ITN

ITN Ltd
200 Gray's Inn Road,
London
WC1X 8XZ

Contact: Natalie Clough
e-mail: natalie.clough@itn.co.uk

Tel: 020 7430 4895

Web Site: www.itn.co.uk

Covers: ITN News.


ITV

ITV Network Ltd
200 Grays Inn Road,
London
WC1X 8HF

Contact: Jacqui Bradley
e-mail: jacqui.bradley@itv.com

Tel: 020 7156 7336
Fax: 020 7843 8158

Web Site: www.itv.com

Covers: ITV stations


ltvn

Local TV Network
c/o Bay TV Liverpool,
37-43 Windsor Street,
Liverpool
L8 1XE

Contact: Chris Johnson
e-mail: chrisjohnson@baytvliverpool.com

Web Site: www.localtvnetwork.org.uk

Covers: Local TV Network & MADE TV.


NAPA

NAPA
c/o Cavendish Press,
5th Floor, The Landing,
Blue Tower, Media City UK,
Salford,
M50 2ST

Contact: Paul Stewart
e-mail: paul@potp.co.uk

Tel: 01322 628444

Web Site: www.napa.org.uk

Covers: Regional and local news agencies in the UK.


NMA

News Media Association (NMA)
2nd Floor,
292 Vauxhall Bridge Road,
London
SW1V 1AE

Contact: Team Admin
e-mail: TeamAdmin@newsmediauk.org

Tel: 020 7963 7488

Web Site: www.newsmediauk.org

**News Media Association was formed due to a merger of the Newspaper Society and Newspaper Publishers Association**

Covers: Newspapers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The NMA issues cards to freelance reporters and photographers whose work is known to editors.


NUJ

National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
72 Acton Street,
London
WC1X 9NB

Contact: Paul Goldstaub
e-mail: paulg@nuj.org.uk
Tel: 0207 843 3737

Web Site: www.nuj.org.uk

Covers: Journalists in all media. The NUJ also covers freelance photographers in the Association of Photographers.


PPA

Professional Publishers Association (PPA)
Second Floor,
35-38 New Bridge Street,
London
EC4V 6BW

Contact: Maggie Turner
e-mail: maggie.turner@ppa.co.uk

Tel: 020 7404 4166
Fax: 020 7404 4167

Web Site: www.ppa.co.uk

Covers: Consumer, Business to Business and Customer magazines published in the UK. Also issues cards for British Society of Magazine Editors.


REUTERS

Thomson Reuters
30 South Colonnade,
Canary Wharf,
London,
E14 5EP

Contact: Shakeel Butt
e-mail: Shakeel.Butt@thomsonreuters.com

Tel: 0207 250 1122

Web Site: www.reuters.co.uk

Covers: Reuters issues to its staff only.


SKY NEWS

Sky News
6 Centaurs Business Park,
Isleworth,
Middlesex
TW7 5QD

Contact: Sara Sheriff
e-mail: sara.sheriff@bskyb.com

Web Site: www.sky.com/skynews

Tel: 020 7585 4577
Fax: 020 7800 2197

Covers: Sky News television