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cityprod1,431 posts since 3 Oct 2005
Westcountry Spotlight
Does anybody else find Russia Today a bit of mish mash of a channel? It seems to have several different agendas, depending on the story they're covering, and depending on where the programme is produced.

The programming from Moscow, seems to have a different agenda to the programming produced in Washington, and even then, Thom Hartmann's show seems to have a different agenda from The Alyona Show. It does seem a little odd and inconsistent in its coverage.
mainhill47 posts since 6 Nov 2005
Couple of examples of Russia Today PR articles:

JUL 13, 2012
The English-language news channel RT, also known as Russia Today, broke into the top three of the most popular news channels in the United Kingdom, according to the Broadcasters’ Audience Review Board (BARB). The Russia-based international news channel beat out Al Jazeera English, Fox News and Euronews.

“The idea of making it into Britain’s television rating system dawned upon us last year. Then we reached an agreement on a testing of audience’s preferences, the results of which surprised us,” said RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan.

The results of June put the Russian news channel in the top three, behind BBC News and Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News. According to BARB, RT’s average daily audience in Great Britain was 127,000 viewers.

RT has also been growing in popularity in other countries. According to a June survey conducted by TNS Canada, RT’s daily audience in Canada leads that of Sky News, Euronews, Deutsche Welle, NHK, Press TV and France 24. For example, it’s almost triple the viewers of Euronews, nearly double Britain’s Sky News and more than 11 times higher than France 24.

MOSCOW, JUNE 14, 2012 – Across Canada’s major metropolitan areas, over 100,000 people watch RT daily – more than watch Sky News and other leading international channels, a recent study has revealed.

According to a survey conducted by TNS Canada, RT’s daily audience in Canada leads that of Sky News, Euronews, Deutsche Welle, NHK, Press TV and France 24. For example, it’s almost triple the viewers of Euronews, nearly double Britain’s Sky News and more than 11 times higher than France 24.

RT’s audience is also more loyal than most, showing more interest in staying with the channel after first switching on. Of the viewers who watched RT once, nearly one in three started watching the channel on a daily basis. This represents higher audience retention than that achieved by any other channel, except for Canada’s own CTV News Channel and CBC News Network. Furthermore, along with these two leading Canadian channels, RT leads all other channels in the level of monthly audience that watches daily.

More than 72% of the surveyed population considers the news coverage of such mainstream outlets as BBC News, CNN and CBC News Network to contain at least some bias, especially in coverage of the developments concerning the USA and the Middle East. At the same time, survey responders named RT’s different take on the news compared to the mainstream media, diversity of programming, and its high informational content as RT’s main comparative advantages vis-ŕ-vis other channels.

“This was our first Canadian survey and its results are a pleasant surprise. Most Canadian residents aren’t just tired of the mainstream media, they stopped trusting the information they receive from it and many have chosen our channel as the alternative,” said RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan.

The study says RT’s average Canadian viewer is male, 25-34 years of age, with a higher education and average income level.
More than 5 million people can now access RT across Canada, since the channel launched its round-the-clock broadcasts on 9 TV broadcast operators, including IPTV provider, Roku.
The survey was conducted by TNS Canada in November 2011. Over 4,000 interviews were completed via Internet Panel among a sample of adults in metropolitan areas with populations of 100,000 and over. The Canadian division of TNS is one of the largest marketing and social research services networks in Canada.
George Hill425 posts since 30 Apr 2012
Reporting Scotland
The only time I can ever watch RT is when I am simply looking to see what all the channels are doing. (By the way, it always seems to be doing business - maybe it's just me - but it seems to do far more than the other channels). It is basicaly Cremlin propaganda. The stuff on Syria is almost unbelievable and I seem to remember seeing a report on the Scottish independence referendum - you would have thought it was a colonial struggle and not a union.
Shaun Linden2,893 posts since 9 Nov 2005
RT is quite handy to tune in if something big has happened in Russia (if the attack seems to be from 'foreign elements' against its own people), apart from that it doesn't really give any great balance to world affairs. They were quick with pictures with other broadcasters used when Domodovo airport was attacked.
Shaun Linden www.atvtoday.co.uk
gottago2,481 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London
(By the way, it always seems to be doing business - maybe it's just me - but it seems to do far more than the other channels).
Yes, I've found this too. It tends to be either business or that Keisler (?) Report programme with the horrible green screen graphics and the desperate Fox News-style of presenting.

Their business coverage is so pitifully boring. I don't think it's the fact that they focus almost exclusively on dull Russian companies but it's more the way they present it in the most mind-numbing manner possible. It's not engaging at all whereas business coverage on other news channels can at least give a degree of interest.
mainhill47 posts since 6 Nov 2005
Another one from them:


RT is top news producer on YouTube – Pew Study
Published: 16 July, 2012, 22:19

With billions of daily views, YouTube is no longer just about cats, Bieber and Gaga, it is taking over as a global news generating platform, a Pew study shows. And in the YouTube kingdom of official news producers, RT rules.
In just seven years of existence, the YouTube video hosting website has grown into an important source of news, creating “a new kind of visual journalism,” says a fresh study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ).
Capitalizing on a drop in TV news popularity, YouTube has enabled millions of people worldwide to track major news events at a one-click distance. Middle East unrest, Costa Concordia luxury liner sinking, a stage collapsing at Indiana State Fair videos and the like were widely viewed for weeks after traditional broadcasters switched to newer agendas.
The website gets more than 4 billion video views a day, about a third of which come from the US, said PEJ. The 20 most viewed tsunami videos collectively got over 96 million views.
YouTube is home both to professional news and amateur evidence. During its 15-month research, the US-based center picked the 260 most popular news videos uploaded to the website – and just over a half of them still came from official news organizations.

In new media era, RT watches you!
RT comes on top having generated 8.5 per cent of the 260 most popular videos picked by the PEJ. Over 285,000 people follow the RT YouTube channel. The channel’s videos have been viewed almost 750 million times – this by far outstrips Al Jazeera English with its 382 million views, Sky News with 52 million and Fox News with 23 million.
Why so popular? A good part of the most viewed RT’s videos are not edited news packages at all – they are first-person video accounts of worldwide events, such as the aftermath of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami or football fans clashing in Poland.
“Raw video is a 'native' format for YouTube – this is your first stop if you want to share a great eyewitness video you've just shot, and your first stop if you want to see one,” says RT’s web promotion chief Mikhail Konrad.
“‘No comments’ videos are, in a sense, a universal news element, tied to no specific language, requiring no commentary or presentation. This is what goes viral across the web,” adds Konrad.
The PEJ study suggests that RT broadcasts online videos to later share them again on YouTube.
“A lot of our videos are produced specifically for YouTube, bypassing scheduled TV news bulletins,” remarks Konrad. “This allows us to move as quickly as possible and be the first to reach viewers online.”
RT is the first Russian media outlet to open its channel on YouTube. Founded in 2005, the global multilingual news network, previously known as Russia Today, has built a large international following. The channel broadcasts to 430 million people in more than 100 countries.