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With its first channel launched in December 2005, the RT network now consists of three global news channels broadcasting in English, Spanish and Arabic, RT America broadcasting from a Washington, DC studio and a documentary channel RTDoc. RT has 22 bureaus in 19 countries and territories, with a presence in Washington, New York, London, Berlin, Gaza, Cairo, Baghdad and other key cities and employs over 1000 media professionals around the globe.
RT has a global reach of over 644 million people in 100+ countries, or more than 28% of all cable subscribers worldwide, and is now available in more than 2.7 million hotel rooms.
RT news covers the major issues of our time for viewers wishing to question more and delivers stories often missed by the mainstream media to create news with an edge. RT provides an alternative perspective on major global events, and acquaints international audience with the Russian viewpoint. RT is the winner of the 2013 Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for the best 24-hour newscast, for reporting on the Chelyabinsk meteor crash. 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.
The best of our broadcasts can be found on RT’s YouTube channel, which became the first TV news channel in YouTube’s history to reach one BILLION views. Described by YouTube as ‘astonishing’ and ‘one of the, if not the biggest news provider on YouTube worldwide,’ RT’s YouTube platform is core to the ongoing emphasis on multi-media news-delivery across the RT family.
In 2009, RT launched a unique project for media professionals: FreeVideo, Russia’s first English-language video agency, which gives users free online access to broadcast quality RT footage. In 2013 RT added RUPTLY, a full-service video agency that delivers original news footage from all the global hotspots, to its growing operation.