RT English goes fully HD worldwide from new, state of the art studio
Editor | 18-12-2012

After moving its studios and HQ to a brand new facility in Moscow RT, global international news network RT has switched all of its English-language news broadcasting in high definition.

The HD broadcasting launch, on the eve of the seven-year anniversary of the news channel, is said to marks another important achievement by RT who claims “extraordinary growth” since its inception when it comprised just one TV channel, airing in English and employing some 300 journalists. Today the network employs more than 2000 professionals, and its five channels broadcast in English, Arabic and Spanish, reaching 550 million people in more than 100 countries around the globe. In 2012, RT became the first Russian TV channel ever to garner a second nomination an International Emmy award.

RT quotes Nielsen study data showing that it is second most watched foreign news channel in key cities in the US based on weekly viewership and adds that according to BARB data it is the third most watched news channel overall in the UK. In addition it boasts more than 830 million online views to date and that a 2012 Pew Research Centre study found that its YouTube channel is the largest provider of news video footage on the platform. The network’s online video agency claims more than 13,000 subscribers, including TV channels and agencies from 185 countries.

“We are incredibly proud of everything we have accomplished in just seven short years,” commented Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor in chief. “The switch to HD is just the next step as we continue to grow and expand. The upgraded capabilities of our new, technologically sophisticated facility allow us to stay ahead of the competition.”