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Russia’s RT launches English-language doc channel

Russian broadcaster RT has launched RTDoc, a satellite TV channel featuring documentaries about Russia, which will broadcast 24/7 in English.
June 28, 2011

Russian broadcaster RT has launched RTDoc, a satellite TV channel featuring documentaries about Russia, which will broadcast 24/7 in English.

The new channel’s will be available via the Hot Bird satellite and will be picked up by 120 million households across Europe as well as in the Middle East and Northern Africa, according to RT.

In the United States and Canada, more than a million viewers will be able to watch RTDoc via the Roku IPTV system. The network will also be available online.

The bulk of the new channel’s content will be exclusive documentaries about Russia, produced in-house by RT.

“Cable operators welcome documentary content in their networks because it remains invariably popular with audiences,” said Margarita Simonyan, RT editor-in-chief. “Viewers tire of dynamic news streams and switch to ethnographic and educational formats. We’re launching a new documentary channel about Russia exactly for the purpose of giving the viewer this alternative.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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