MOSCOW, NOVEMBER 9, 2010 – RT, the Russian English-language news TV channel, has started its 24/7 broadcast on New Zealand’s biggest platform - SKY TV New Zealand.
RT started broadcasting at Channel 96 of SKY TV New Zealand which covers approximately half of all households in New Zealand. Besides RT, the SKY TV New Zealand package includes major news channels such as CNN, BBC World, Fox News, Sky News, CNBC and others. The launch of the New Zealand broadcast is another step in RT’s campaign to expand its footprint. Earlier this year, RT launched its broadcast in Chicago through Comcast, America’s biggest cable television operator, and a 24-hour broadcast throughout the United Kingdom on the Freeview platform. In the meantime, the channel’s audience on new media platforms is growing rapidly as well. RT has reached 185 million views on YouTube and made the top 100 most viewed channels among YouTube’s 10,000 premium partners. In August 2010, RT was nominated for the prestigious Emmy International Television Awards in the News category.