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Ofcom opens seven new investigations into RT in wake of Salisbury attack

UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom has opened seven new investigations into Russian overseas news channel RT following the nerve agent attack on a Russian exile and his daughter in the city of Salisbury. Ofcom said that RT parent TV Novosti’s overall compliance record with its licence had not previously been out of line with […]

Ofcom ready to act on RT licence if required

UK media regulator Ofcom has signaled its readiness to act against Russian government-backed information channel RT pending prime minister Theresa May’s update on the nerve gas attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on Wednesday. May has given the Russian government till the end of today to explain how the former spy […]

Russia Today claims online audience of 32 million

Russia Today’s total monthly online audience exceeded 32 million unique users in May, according to comScore stats. The figure refers to the aggregate number of unique users for all of RT’s websites and YouTube accounts. RT claims that is now the world’s “number one non-Anglo-Saxon international television news channel in terms of online desktop audience, […]

YipTV launches OTT TV service for expats and immigrants in US

US-based YipTV has launched a new OTT TV service aggregating channels from around the world to distribute to multilingual consumers in the US.  The YipTV service – an acronym for Your Individualised Personalised TV, according to the company – will provide access to a range of 50 international services on a rolling contract for US$14.99 […]

RT to launch dedicated UK news channel

Russian state-funded news network, RT – formerly known as Russia Today – is due to launch a dedicated UK channel tomorrow. RT UK will air both live and pre-recorded original programming and will be available to more than 90% of UK households via Freeview channel 135 and Sky channel 512. The 24-hour channel will initially […]

1+1 accuses Russia of sabotaging new Ukrainian channel

Ukrainian free-to-air broadcaster 1+1 has accused Russia of attempting to discredit its fledgling international news channel. Ukraine Today, stylised in the same way as state-backed Russian news channel Russia Today, launched last week. Over the weekend, 1+1 said that fake Ukraine Today Facebook pages and YouTube accounts, using the new channel’s branding, had appeared. The […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 prepares international news channel

Ukrainian free-to-air broadcaster 1+1 is testing Ukraine Today, a new international news channel ahead of launching it on free-to-air satellite at the end of next month. At launch the channel will be programmed in English, but 1+1 said there are plans to add a Russian-language version “in the course of time”. 1+1 has led calls […]

UPC Slovakia launches news package

Liberty Global-owned UPC Slovakia has launched a new TV package of nine news channels, comprising CNN, BBC, CNBC, Euronews, Deutsche Welle, France 24, Russia Today, TV5 and TV8. The package is available for €1.90 a month for entry package customers, while basic package subscribers will receive the service for free. The cable operator has also […]

Russia Today hits 1 billion YouTube views

News network Russia Today (RT) has passed 1 billion video views on YouTube, marking the first time a TV news channel has reached the milestone figure on the site. The global news network, which broadcasts from Moscow and Washington studios and can be seen on cable networks around the world, first launched on YouTube in […]

BSkyB airs Russia Today in HD

BSkyB has begun airing Russian international news channel Russia Today in HD. Russia Today switched its English-language transmissions to HD in December, following a move to a new facility in Moscow. The channel cited BARB figures to show that it was the third most-watched news channel in the UK in the third quarter of last […]