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Information Department, formerly known as Brunei Information Service, was established on 1 April 1952.  Brunei Information Service accredited officially in 1953 although basically the activities had started operating since 1 April 1952.


It started with 16 employees, including Assistant Information Officer, Pengiran Mohd Yusof bin Pengiran Abd Rahim (now known as YAM Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahim) as the Head of Department.

The department has undergone some administrative restructuring. In 1961, Brunei Information Services and Brunei Radio Service was combined and renamed as the Department of Broadcasting and Information. It is then separated into two departments in June 1975 where the Information Department known as Information Division was placed under the Office of the State Secretary.

 

In 1983, the Information Division upgraded to Information Department. It was later incorporated into the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports on 1 January 1984, Brunei Darussalam shortly after independence.

In 1985, Information Department and Radio Television Brunei once again combined and known as Department of Broadcasting and Information on 1 December 1985.


Then on 20 October 1986, Information Department and Radio Television Brunei is placed under the Prime Minister’s Office.

However, on 1 March 1991, Information Department and Radio Television Brunei has been separated into two departments in which the Information Department are known today under the Prime Minister’s Office.

 

Department of Information Building

 


Timeline


1st April 1952
Information Department was established and known as Brunei Information Service.
  
1954 The Information Branch in the Belait District and the Information Reading Room were established.
  
1956 The 1st issue of Pelita Brunei, the official newspaper was published fortnightly in Cyclostyle form.
  
1st January 1957/1958 Pengiran Mohammad Yusuf bin Pengiran Hj Abdul Rahim (now known as Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran (Dr.) Haji Mohd Yusof bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahim) was elected as the first Information Officer of the country.
 Information Reading Room was established in Pekan Bangar, Temburong District and in Tutong District the following year.
 With the establishment of Radio Brunei Service in 1957, Information Service gave the public subsidy to purchase radios by monthly installments for one year. In 1958, Information Service sold 1,048 sets of radio throughout the state.
  
February 1959Pelita Brunei, after going through several changes, started the use of printing machine for the first time.
  
  
January 1, 1962Brunei Information Service and Radio Brunei Service were merged and later known as Broadcasting and Information Department.
  
January 1, 1975
The Broadcasting and Information Department were separated into two entities in June 1975, whereby Information was designated as Information Division and was put under the jurisdiction of the State Secretariat Office.
  
1983The status of the Information Division was later upgraded and it became Information Department.
  
1984Information Department was under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
  
1985'Brunei Darussalam Newsletter' - an English publication was first introduced.
  
 

December 1, 1985 - Information Department and Radio Televisyen Brunei were merged and later known as Broadcasting and Information Department, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

  
October 20, 1986
The Broadcasting and Information Department came under the wing of the Prime Minister's Office.
  
March 1, 1991The Broadcasting and Information Department was separated into two departments and Information became Information Department under the Prime Minister's Office.

​1995

Pelita Brunei online was introduced and updated weekly​
  
April 1, 2002Information Department celebrated its "Golden Jubilee", 1952 - 2002.
  
August, 2005Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Brunei Darussalam consented for a work attachment at the Information Department on August 27, 2005.
  
February, 2006Pelita Brunei, the official government newspaper, celebrated its Golden Jubilee.
  
July 19, 2008Pelita Brunei is now available twice a week while its online version, Pelita Brunei Online is available and updated daily at www.pelitabrunei.gov.bn
  
July 18, 2010 Pelita Brunei is available three times a week with the introduction of Monday edition of Pelita Brunei.
  
March 21, 2012 Information Department received a site for a new complex of the department.
  
April 1, 2012Information Department celebrates its 60th Anniversary, 1952-2012