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MOSCOW, 2 JUNE 2017 — Ruptly, RT's global video news agency, earned top honors at this year's Drum Online Media Awards—a prestigious international competition for online journalism. Apart from Ruptly, this year's competition saw entries from CNNBBC World ServiceAl Jazeera, Bloomberg, Reuters, Guardian News and Media, and Buzzfeed across various categories.

Video agency Ruptly took first place in the category "Best B2B News Site" ("business to business") at the Drum Online Media Awards. Over the past year, Ruptly journalists have filmed more than 16,000 videos and provided more than a thousand live broadcasts. In October 2016, Ruptly became the first video agency to utilize drone technology for live-streaming, broadcasting live coverage of trade union protests against the National General Collective Agreement in Athens. In 2017, Ruptly made its videos filmed in the innovative 360-degree format available for licensing via its site https://360.ruptly.tv/.  

"To be among the leaders in the digital age, you need to offer customers not only quality content, but also use the most current and affordable ways of delivering it. That's why we are very happy to receive a prize in this category. Our agency will continue to implement the latest technologies, so that our customers continue receiving high-quality video news content filmed from all corners of the planet," said Dinara Toktosunova, head of Ruptly.

Global video news agency Ruptly was launched by RT in 2013. Now its materials are used by more than 700 media companies from more than 50 countries—from major TV channels to online projects and mobile platforms. Ruptly videos have appeared on air and online for news outlets such as CNN, NBC, CBS, and VICE. In February 2016, Ruptly launched its mobile application RUPTLY Stringer, allowing editors access to user-generated content (UGC) from anywhere in the world within minutes.

The Drum Online Media Awards is a prestigious international awards competition honoring the most outstanding achievements in online journalism.