NTB – the Norwegian news agency

Reliable – credible – independent

NTB is Norway’s largest provider of content in the form of text, images, video and graphics to Norwegian media. NTB also delivers a wide range of services, such as distribution of press releases, production of camera-ready copy, storage of images and language training courses.

NTB has organised its business in four areas:

NTB nyheter   NTB scanpix    NTB tema    NTB info    

Included in the NTB group are the companies, Universum, NTB Arkitekst , Nynorsk Pressekontor (NPK) and the Samfoto image bank.

NTB also co-owns the Retriever media monitoring agency with the Swedish news agency TT.

NTB is jointly owned by Norwegian media and has no ties to Norwegian authorities.

NTB’s management:

Mads Yngve Storvik – Editor-in-Chief / Managing Director

Bård Idås – Chief Operating Officer

Ole Kristian Bjellanes – Managing Editor

Anne Solerød Christensen – Commercial Director

Tore Svendsrud – Chief Financial Officer

Geir Terje Ruud – Chief Development Officer


The NTB news agency was established in 1867. In early years it was privately owned. After the First World War, the agency was acquired by AS Norsk Telegrambyrå, a limited company owned by a group of newspapers. Images have been part of its news services since 1932.