RT’s flagship English-language channel is available to more than 630 million viewers worldwide and broadcasts 24/7 from the network’s Moscow offices. It covers the most urgent domestic and international issues and its broadcast is available at rt.com.
A year after the English-language channel launch RT’s Arabic service set up began. On the 4th of May, 2007 Rusiya Al-Yaum – now RT Arabic – went live on air. At present over 350 million viewers in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe can watch RT in Arabic. According to Nielsen research, over 5 million people watch RT in 7 Arab countries, more than leading European channels Deutsche Welle Arabic, France 24 Arabic and Chinese CCTV Arabic all together (The Nielsen Company Research in 7 Arab countries, 2010). In 2012 Forbes named Rusiya Al-Yaum to the Top 3 Online Channels in the Arab World. That year RT Arabic’s website, arabic.rt.com, drew on average 100,000 visitors daily. You can watch RT Arabic live on its site, as well as on its YouTube channel (80 million views and counting) and follow the channel on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
RT's Spanish-language channel started broadcasting in December 2009. Drawing on the experience and resources of our English and Arabic channels it has quickly won an audience. In less than a year, leaders of over 10 Latin American countries gave interviews to the channel, including the presidents of Ecuador and Venezuela, Rafael Correa and Hugo Chavez respectively. The RT Spanish launch was rewarded with a nomination for a prestigious British Broadcast Digital Award (2010) for Best Channel Launch. The channel also won six prizes in a prestigious television marketing and design competition in Latin America, the Promax / BDA Latin America Competition 2010. The channel’s live broadcast is available at actualidad.rt.com, which saw by 40 million unique visitors in 2012 – a 400% growth from 2011. You can also stay current with RT en Español’s latest updates on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
In January 2010, RT began broadcasting from its own studio in Washington, joining the club of international channels targeting audiences in different regions of the world. RT America goes on air during America’s prime time and covers stories no one else from the mainstream media dares to touch. In addition to news shows, RT America’s signature programming includes Breaking the Set with Abby Martin, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Politicking with Larry King and Boom Bust with Erin Aide. RT America broadcasting is available on YouTube and at the RT website. The channel can also be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
RTDoc is the youngest member of the RT family; it started broadcasting 24/7 in English in June 2011. A large proportion of the RTDoc broadcast is made up of the exclusive documentaries about Russia, produced in-house by RT. Among them were films that have won international prizes such as Media Excellence and New York Festivals Awards. The new channel’s open signal coming from the Hot Bird satellite (RTDoc’s broadcast on Hot Bird satellite: Hot Bird 8, 13°E (frequency : 12015 Mhz, polarization: H, symbol rate: 27500, FEC: ¾)) is received by 120 million households across Europe as well as in the Middle East and Northern Africa. From the very launch of the channel, it has received strong interest from cable operators all over the world. RTDoc’s reach covers network subscribers in Germany, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Bulgaria and Macedonia. In the United States and Canada, more than a million viewers can watch RTDoc on the IPTV Roku system. Viewers can also watch RTDoc online at rtd.rt.com.
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. The portal gives global channels the chance to cover events in Russia and the world using RT’s footage. More than 14 000 videos have been uploaded to the site, which have generated more than 175 000 downloads. All FreeVideo files are available in several formats and come with detailed descriptions in five languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, German, and French. Today, over 16 000 TV channels and agencies from 185 countries avail of the service, including CNN, Fox News, ABC News, AP, and Reuters.
InoTV provides daily TV news reports on Russia from RT and more than 100 TV channels from around the world, with original video footage and Russian-language transcripts. Launched in 2009, the portal has since been expanded to publish select news stories and analytical articles on Russia from the preeminent global print media outlets. InoTV is the way for the Russian audience to learn what is being said and shown about Russia around the world.