With its first international news channel launched in 2005, RT is now a global, round-the-clock news network of eight TV channels, broadcasting news, current affairs and documentaries, with digital platforms in six languages and RUPTLY, the video news agency. Round-the-clock news channels in English, Arabic and Spanish, and documentary channel RTDoc, in English and Russian, broadcast from Moscow, while RT America airs from Washington, DC, and RT UK from London and RT France from Paris. Today, RT is available in more than 100 countries spanning five continents.
RT creates news with an edge for viewers who want to Question More. RT covers stories overlooked by the mainstream media, provides alternative perspectives on current affairs, and acquaints international audiences with a Russian viewpoint on major global events.
RT is the winner of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards for best 24-hour newscast, and the only Russian TV channel to be a six-time Emmy finalist. In 2018, RT made it to the finals of the International Emmy Awards in the "News" category for a series of special reports about the humanitarian crisis in the Iraqi city of Mosul following efforts by Iraqi government forces and their Western allies to recapture the city from ISIS. The channel was first nominated for an International Emmy in 2010, for its coverage of US President Barack Obama’s first visit to Moscow; in 2012, for coverage of Occupy Wall Street protests in the US in 2011; in 2014, for a series of reports on a Guantánamo Bay inmates’ hunger strike; and in 2016, for its coverage of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly. Chris Hedges, host of ‘On Contact with Chris Hedges’, scored for RT America its first Daytime Emmy nomination, for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host. RT holds dozens of medals from the New York Festivals for its documentary and news programming, and has been repeatedly recognized by numerous international awards competitions and media organizations, including the Cannes Lions, the Webby Awards, the Lovies, the Shorty Awards, the Association for International Broadcasting, and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, among many others.RT works with leading international media and public sphere personalities, and currently airs or has aired programs anchored by renowned broadcasting legend Larry King, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Pulitzer-prize winner and Emmy-nominated journalist Chris Hedges, the “most dangerous financial expert” Max Keiser, former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, and former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, among others.”
According to a 2017 survey on TV news consumption by Ipsos, a leading audience research firm, RT has a total weekly audience of 100 million viewers in 47 of the 100+ countries where RT broadcasts are available.* RT enjoys its largest regional audience in Europe, with 43 million weekly viewers in 15 European countries. In the US, RT has a weekly audience of 11 million. Across the Middle East and North Africa, where news consumers were polled in 15 countries, RT has a weekly TV audience of 11 million. In Latin America, RT’s weekly viewership is 18 million.
In South America, RT is part of the national TV network of Argentina and Venezuela. It was picked up by a state-operated satellite system in Bolívia and the FESCOM Association in Colómbia, which includes 200 cable operators. RT’s programming also airs on Cuba’s national TV channel.
Online, RT is the top non-Anglo-Saxon TV news network in terms of online PC audience, according to comScore. More than 3 million unique visitors access RT.com’s multilingual news content daily, according to Google Analytics, while comScore reports that RT receives nearly 50 million unique users monthly. The best of RT broadcasts can be found on its YouTube channel, which, in 2013, became the first TV news channel in YouTube’s history to reach 1 BILLION views. Today, RT is the #1 TV news network on the platform with more than seven billion views across its channels and over nine million subscribers. RT is also at the forefront of adopting new media technology. In 2016, RT filmed the first-ever 360 degree video of Earth from space, and in 2017, in collaboration with Roscosmos State Corporation and Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, presented the world with the first-ever panoramic video filmed in open space, during a spacewalk.
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*The study was conducted in 47 countries, with representative samples of the total population from telephone or online interviews, between October and November 2017, by Ipsos, a leading global audience research company. The study was carried out in Russia, Poland, Greece, Ireland, the UK, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, the US, Canada, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Libya, Palestine, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE, Lebanon, Tunisia, Saudi Aarabia, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, India, New Zealand, and Australia.