RT went on-air for the first time on December 10, 2005, from its studios in central Moscow. Since then, it has grown into a global news network, broadcasting 24/7 in English, Arabic and Spanish to millions of people in more than a hundred countries, while also providing additional content in French, German and Russian. It also hosts digital platforms in six languages and operates the video news agency Ruptly.
The emphasis on covering the news overlooked by mainstream media and providing a platform for different opinions has been recognized by numerous awards won over the years. It has also earned RT the respect of its international audience, TV professionals, and the very people who make the headlines.
Mikhail Mishustin, Russia’s prime minister
Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia
I like to compare how the events are being covered and analyzed on various channels – European, American, Al Jazeera, BBC. Naturally, I am always curious to see RT’s assessment of the same events that are being reported by other channels. It is always interesting. There is never a 100-percent match, even when it comes to Western media outlets. But those alternative angles of tackling the news, which are present in RT’s coverage, of course, appeal to the audience. And, as I take it, your viewership figures are clear proof of that.