Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Christopher H. Sterling
Based in London and with offices around the world, Reuters (as of 2008, Thomson Reuters) is one of the world's oldest news agencies and for much of the twentieth century was one of the four or five most important global news services. By the early 2000s, however, it had refocused into a financial services entity, however, and only about ten percent of its income was derived from news communication. Paul Julius Reuter (1816–99), was born as Israel Beer in Cassel, son of a rabbi, and grew up in Aachen, Germany on the border with Belgium and the Netherlands. Some time after his father's death in 1829, he gave up his Jewish heritage and name (as did many others due to rife anti-Semitism), though it is not clear how he chose his new name. After working as a printer and bookseller in Berlin, in 1848 he worked briefly as a translator ...