MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 — RT received seven trophies at the prestigious Lovie Awards – the European counterpart of the Webbys, which honors outstanding achievement in digital media. RT won three People’s Lovies based on public online voting. Additionally, an expert jury composed of representatives of major international media companies such as Google, Twitter, and the Huffington Post awarded RT one silver and three bronze prizes.

Chernobyl: Fallout 30, RT’s special interactive multimedia project marking the 30-year anniversary since the nuclear disaster, received a silver for “Web: Best Practices” and a bronze for  “Web: Best Use of Animation/Motion Graphics”. RT’s website RT.comand RT’s social media platforms (on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Soundcloud, Coub and Instagram) were awarded bronze trophies in the “Web: News” and “Social: Best Overall Social Presence” categories respectively.

In addition to the expert jury prizes, following an online vote, RT won “The People’s Lovie” in three categories. In the “Web: News” category, RT.com surpassed the likes of VICE News, RFERL and The Guardian. In the “Social: Best Overall Social Presence” category,  viewers gave the top spot to RT, leaving behind The Guardian and the popular “Game of Thrones” TV series, while Chernobyl: Fallout 30 won in “Web: Best Use of Animation/Motion Graphics.”

"To receive seven prizes in such a prestigious and high-profile digital media competition - that's incredibly cool! But to win the People's Lovie in almost all the categories where we contested means even more: it proves that RT enjoys highly engaged audience, and when your real fans vote for you to win – it means more than any gold,”  said Kirill Karnovich-Valua, RT’s Head of Online Projects. “We thank the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for this honor, and we thank everyone who voted for us – it is our joint victory!"

In April 2016, RT won the People’s Voice Award Webby – the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet – in an open online vote. Webby Awards online voters chose RT social media platforms over those of BBC News, ABC News, NBC Nightly News, and the New York Times.

RT is a global TV news network that broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic and Spanish from its studios in Moscow, Washington, D.C., and London. RT has a weekly TV audience of 70 million people in 38 countries, and is the most watched TV news network on YouTube with nearly 4 billion views. RT is the winner of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards for best 24-hr newscast, and the only Russian TV channel to become a four-time finalist of the International Emmy Award for News.

The Lovie Awards is the most prestigious pan-European awards honoring online excellence. Now in its sixth year, The Lovie Awards continues to celebrate the most resonant and pertinent stories in Europe, those inside and outside of the prevailing trends. The Awards reflects the tremendous growth of the internet as a tool for business and everyday lives. The Lovie Awards presents gold, silver and bronze awards as chosen by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). In addition, the online public votes for their favorite finalists to take home The People’s Lovie Award in each category.