With its first international news channel launched in December 2005, RT television network now consists of three round-the-clock news channels broadcasting in English, Arabic and Spanish, RT America airing from a Washington, DC studio, RT UK broadcasting from London, documentary channel RTDoc in English and Russian, online news platforms in Russian, German and French, and video news agency RUPTLY. Today RT is available to 700 million people in more than 100 countries across 5 continents.
RT covers major issues of our time for viewers wanting to Question More and delivers stories overlooked by the mainstream media to create news with an edge. RT provides an alternative perspective on major global events, and acquaints international audience with a Russian viewpoint.
RT is the winner of the 2013 Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for the best 24-hour newscast. In 2010, RT became the first Russian TV channel to be nominated for the prestigious International Emmy award in the News category. The network received its second News nomination, in 2012, for its coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and its third – a record for a Russian channel – in 2014, for reporting on the hunger strike of Guantanamo detainees.
According to a 2015 Ipsos survey of TV news consumption conducted in 38 countries out of 100+ where RT broadcasts are available, 70 million people watch RT channels every week. Half of that number – 35 million – watch RT daily.* RT enjoys its largest regional audience in Europe. More than 36 million people watch RT weekly in 10 European countries, placing it in the top 5 pan-regional news channels.** RT also makes the top-5 list of most watched international TV news channels in the US2, with a weekly audience of more than 8 million viewers. 11 million people watch RT weekly in the Middle East and Africa, where news consumers were polled in 16 countries.
In Latin America, RT is part of the national TV networks of Argentina and Venezuela; it was picked up a state-operated satellite system in Bolivia and FESCOM Association in Columbia, which includes 200 cable operators, and is soon to be available as part of Ecuador’s TV grid. RT’s programming airs on Cuba’s and Venezuela’s national TV channels.
Online, RT is the top non-Anglo-Saxon TV news network in terms of PC audience, according to comScore. More than 3 million unique visitors access RT.com’s multilingual news content daily, per Google Analytics. 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 one BILLION views. Today, RT is the #1 TV news network on the platform for more than 3 billion views across its channels, and 3.5 million subscribers.
*The study was conducted in 38 countries, with a representative samples of the total population (15 years plus), through telephone or online interviews, August-November 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, Columbia, 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.
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