In , RT became the first Russian channel to be nominated for the prestigious International Emmy award, in the News category. The network received its. RT is a 24/7 English-language news channel. We are set to show you how any story can be another story altogether. Broadcasting over six. The channel was launched as Russia Today on 10 December At its launch, the channel employed journalists, including approximately 70 from outside.
RT UK is a British free-to-air television news channel, part of the RT network, a global multilingual television news network based in Moscow and subsidised by the Russian government. The channel's studios are located in Millbank Tower. The channel was launched on 30 October RT presenter Afshin Rattansi claims the channel's position is "to challenge dominant power structures in Britain by broadcasting live and original programming with a progressive UK focus", since it is "not subject to the metropolitan elite's London bias".
Richard Sambrook , director of the Centre of Journalism at Cardiff University was quoted as saying "It's a surprising move to focus resources on the UK. It's not a commercial proposition, therefore the main purpose must be to gain influence. It's about soft power for the Kremlin ". It's been cast as the Big Bad Wolf of the news media landscape," and "I think many of us Ahead of the launch of its UK-specific broadcasts, RT said that adverts promoting the channel had been rejected by ad agencies because they felt they would be illegal under UK laws on political advertising.
The network posted versions of the adverts on billboards and its website with the word "redacted" on them in an alleged protest.
The UK Advertising Standards Authority said it had not banned the ads or even received any complaint about them. The UK broadcast regulator Ofcom had repeatedly reprimanded the international version of RT for its failure to remain impartial. All of them. Long live freedom of speech! The Russian embassy in London described the move as an "openly political decision", however the British government, which since the financial crisis has owned the majority of shares in the RBS group, denied being responsible for the bank's actions.
Admittedly it's also been commended for balance and fairness — by the British National Party. Believe that and you will ask: what right have we to criticise Putin? At least he is honest in his way". Matt Turner, writing for The Independent , pointed to marginalised issues and groups, like the disabled and the largest prison strike in US history, to which he asserted RT gave substantial coverage, unlike media in the UK and USA.
In a balanced media landscape, they wouldn't have had this advantage to begin with". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His guest agrees with him. On RT, everybody agrees with everybody. When Russia does make the news on RT, the Kremlin has little to worry about. Earlier this week, the main story was about a possible blanket ban on Russian Olympic athletes implicated in the doping scandal.
Foreign governments deploying disinformation to influence elections — where do they get this stuff? Four Russian athletes had been banned for life the previous week ; an announcement on further bans was still a week away.
The McLaren report , which offered firm evidence that Russia operated a state-sponsored doping regime, came out last year. Fringe opinion takes centre stage. Reporting is routinely bolstered by testimony from experts you have never heard of, representing institutions you have never heard of.
That is not to say the channel is peopled entirely by nonentities: lots of present and former UK politicians from the left and the right turn up on RT regularly. Nigel Farage has been on; so has Ann Widdicombe.
George Galloway co-hosts a chatshow with his wife. Former Scottish leader Alex Salmond recently launched his own programme. Germaine Greer and Peter Tatchell have appeared on it, along with a number a journalists who write for, among other publications, the Guardian. David Lammy has resolved not to appear on the channel in future. To be fair, much of what one sees on RT is pretty harmless, or at least inconsequential.
Over the course of a week, I watched one debate on gender issues that seemed fairly sensible, even mildly enlightening. The Russians have moved on since the days of Pravda, the Soviet Communist party newspaper, or Radio Moscow International during the cold war — at least then you knew it was all guff, coming out of the Ideological Secretariat. RT is designed to confuse and muddy the waters. That mixture of genuine and guff leaves you baffled and disoriented, which, I guess, is the point.
Many of the British and American reporters on its roster have been with the channel since ; some were recruited straight from journalism school. While the exact nature of the relationship between RT and the Russian state is never made apparent, critics say it cannot be overplayed: for them, RT is the Russian state.
RT UK has been reprimanded by Ofcom a dozen times for lack of balance. But they soon found they were being ordered to change their copy, or instructed how to cover certain stories to reflect well on the Kremlin. They quit. There are clearly varying levels of independence at RT. We are asked on a daily basis, if not to totally ignore, then to obscure the truth. One open question is: who is watching RT, besides me?