RT - EPPY AWARDS FINALIST IN THREE CATEGORIES

MOSCOW, OCTOBER 27, 2015 – RT’s mobile application, website for documentary channel RTDoc and RT’s special project commemorating the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War are nominated for the prestigious international award established by Editor & Publisher magazine. EPPY Award is given to the best media-affiliated digital projects. 

“We are very proud to be nominated for EPPY Awards in three different categories at the same time, especially because those awards are widely considered to as the Emmys or the Oscars of the online journalism world,” said RT’s head of digital projects Elvira Chudnovskaya. “Our team works hard to develop and perfects the channel’s digital offerings, and it’s great when these efforts are recognized by the industry professionals alongside millions of online and mobile users.” 

RT’s special online portal dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Soviet and Russian victory in the Second World War –“Victory Day 70” – has made it to the list of finalists in the Best News or Event Feature on a Website category. The project is available in six languages and includes several interactive sections: the key dates of the war and a heatmap of battles, soldiers’ letters and photographs, a series of mini-documentaries called War Witness, in which veterans shared their memories of the events. This Victory Day project and related digital special features were viewed by more than 10 million unique users in a single week. 

RT’s mobile news app was nominated in the Best Mobile App competition. The app was also highlighted on Google’s ‘Best From Russia’ list. The RT News App offers news feeds in English, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and French as well as online newscasts and a complete programs archive from all of RT channels. In the last six months the number of RT News App downloads by Android users has grown by 120%. Earlier this year, the app was leading the Google Play news apps list in the US, leaving behind CNN, Fox News, NBC News, Google News and Yahoo News.

RTD.RT.com, the website for RT’s documentary channel RTDoc, received an EPPY nod for Best Overall Website Design. The intuitive interface of the site provides the audience with an easy access to RT’s exclusive documentaries available for online viewing. Many of RTD’s documentaries have been distinguished with prestigious international awards. Most recently, Blood and Honour and Albino Africa received gold and silver awards respectively from New York Festivals.  

Other TV channels nominated for this year’s EPPY awards include CNN, Al Jazeera, CBS, and ESPN. 

EPPY Awards, presented by Editor & Publisher (est. 1901), is an annual international competition, now in its 20th year. A panel of notable figures in the media industry will judge mobile and Internet media projects on their merits. The winners will be announced on October 28, 2015. Among the past winners are projects by CNN, CBS, NBC, Associated Press, TIME, Forbes, Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

RT is a global news network that broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic and Spanish from its studios in Moscow, Washington, DC, and London.  It is available to 700 million viewers worldwide. RT is the most watched TV news network on YouTube with nearly 3 billion views. RT is the winner of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards for best 24-hr broadcast, and the only Russian TV channel to garner three nominations for the prestigious International Emmy Award for News.