20 years supporting journalism

1995

Newspaper Licensing Agency formed by prominent UK newspaper publishers.

1996

Usage-based royalty shares established as an equitable basis for addressing commercial copying.

1996

First year of trading with £950k royalties returned to publishers.

1997

NLA business is focussed on advising and licensing of media monitoring organisations and their clients.

1998

Legal basis confirmed for licensing the commercial sharing of published content.

1999

NLA licences extended to cover digital rights including the right to scan cuttings and send via PC/Fax.

2000

The NLA establishes the Special Contributor’s Scheme to redistribute royalties payable to freelance journalists.

2002

The NLA is a founding partner of the Journalism Diversity Fund, created to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to train and work as journalists.

2003

NLA introduces licence discount for charities which was extended in 2011.

2006

Online database of UK newspaper articles (eClips) launched and made available to Media Monitoring Organizations.

2007

Archive for journalists (ClipShare) launched.

2008

New fixed price digital licences introduced.

2010

Legal basis confirmed for licensing of online content.

2011

Corporate Website Republishing Licence (CWRL) launched allowing companies to put press clippings onto their corporate website.

2012

Launch of NLA’s online infringement tool helping publishers track and remove infringement of their content.

2013

Addition of magazine content to NLA licensing portfolio.

2013

Newspaper Licensing Agency changes its name to NLA media access.

2015

NLA media access celebrates 10 years of supporting the JDF with total donated over this time reaching £1M mark.

2015

NLA media access represents 256 publishers.

2015

£34M royalties returned to publishers.

2016

Launch of simplified PR agency licence.

2016

Henry Jones appointed as new Managing Director.