About RT

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 five-time Emmy finalist. 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 also holds multiple medals from the New York Festivals for its documentary and news programming and has taken home more than 50 international media awards in 2016 alone.

RT works with leading international media and public sphere personalities, and currently airs or has aired programs anchored by renowned broadcasting legend Larry King, Peabody Award winner Ed Schultz, 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.”

In November 2015 Ipsos, a leading audience research firm, surveyed TV news consumption in 38 countries of the more than 100 where RT broadcasts, and found that 70 million people watch RT channels every week. 35 million watch RT daily.*

RT enjoys its largest regional audience in Europe, with more than 36 million people watching RT weekly in 10 European countries, placing it among the top five pan-regional news channels.** RT also makes the top-5 list of the most watched international TV news channels in the US, with a weekly audience of more than eight million viewers. 11 million people watch RT weekly in the Middle East and Africa, where news consumers were polled in 16 different countries.

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 5 billion views across its channels and 6 million subscribers. RT is also at the forefront of adopting new media technology and was one of the first TV news channels to start creating 360 video content in 2015.

RT is publically financed from the budget of the Russian Federation. For more information, please contact the RT press office at press@rttv.ru.

*The study was conducted in 38 countries through telephone or online interviews with representative samples of the total population (15 years plus) from August-November of 2015 by Ipsos, a leading global audience research company. The study was carried out in Russia, Poland, Greece, Ireland, UK, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, USA, Canada, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Colómbia, Chile, India, New Zealand, Australia, Libya, Palestine, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Lebanon, Tunisia, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria.
** In these regions RT was measured alongside CNN, BBC World News, euronews, Sky News, France 24, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle TV, China’s CCTV and Japan’s NHK.