In Mongolia there is only one company that calls itself news agency but does not function like a professional news agency. Montsame agency is still state-runned and its director is appointed by the Prime Minister, even though the 1998 Media Freedom Law states that the agency shall be transformed into a public service entity and the State should not own media. In addition, they claimed in a telephone interview to have some subscribers, mostly online media, for their news, but did not specify. So no market share of Montsame agency is available, but it is certainly small. Montsame Agency is not among MOM Top Media. Montsame Agency was founded in 1921, initially being established under the title ‘MONTA’, abbreviation for Mongolian Telegraphic Agency. Under socialist rule Montsame was the only official source of information. Nowadays, the main functions of the agency is to inform the domestic audience with latest worldwide developments, including Mongolian state and government officials, public entities, media organizations, and the public, and to promote Mongolia worldwide, such as reporting on Mongolia’s foreign affairs and internal policies, domestic events, country’s other development facts. Montsame exchanges news and productions with other member agencies of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA. The agency has cooperation agreements with news agencies worldwide, including ITAR-TASS of the Russian Federation, British news agency Reuters, China’s Xinhua, Yonhap of the Republic of Korea, Vietnam’s VNA, Cuban Prensa Latina, Poland’s PAP, Turkey’s Anandolu, Ukraine’s Ukrinform, Voice of America, Iran’s Mehr news, and the Telegraphic News Agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. International publications of Montsame Agency include “Montsame Daily News” in English, “Moncame Novosti” in Russian and “Menggu Xiaoxibao” in Chinese. The Monta telestudio produces both Mongolian and English contents about Mongolian history, culture and domestic events and distributes the content both domestically and worldwide. Domestic publications of Montsame agency include the web-portal www.montsame.mn with daily news and information in five languages: Mongolian, English, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese. In addition the weekly newspaper “Khumuun Bichig” is published in traditional Mongol script. The political party in power directly appoints the director of Montsame Agency. So, after the elections in 2012 the Democratic Party (DP) appointed journalist Baatarkhuyag. A. And in 2016, when Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) won the elections, journalist Ganchimeg. B was appointed as the new director of the agency.
National & abroad
Media Companies / Groups
Group: Montsame Agency
Government of Mongolia
The Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of Mongolia. Up to today the current Cabinet Secretary of the Government appoints Montsame Agency’s director.
Director of the Agency: Ganchimeg. B. Agency’s Editor-in-Chief and Chief Editor responsible for English contents: Purevsambuu. G Chief Editor of Domestic news division: Dogsmaa. D Chief Editor of Overseas news division: Indra. Ya Chief Editor of Inte
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
The political party in power directly appoints the director of Montsame Agency. So, after the elections in 2012 the Democratic Party (DP) appointed journalist Baatarkhuyag. A. And in 2016, when Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) won the elections, journalist Ganchimeg. B was appointed as the new director of the agency.
Revenue (in Mill. $)
Montsame Agency’s annual advertising revenue for 2015 was 172,714,972 Tugriks.
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
Advertising (in % of total funding)
21 percent (36,284,650 tugriks) of the total revenue was collected from advertisements of public entities. Private advertising revenue: 136,430,322 MNT
After handing out the MOM questionnaire 2 phone inquiries were made to the agency. Then the survey has been filled completely.
Sources Media Profile
Mongolian Media Today 2016, Press Institute of Mongolia Document ID-1; http://www.montsame.mn/article/%D0%BC%D0%BE%D0%BD%D1%86%D0%B0%D0%BC%D1%8D-%D0%B0%D0%B3%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%82%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B3; MOM questionaire;