Russia Today launching UK channel

The Kremlin-backed news channel Russia Today (RT) will launch a dedicated UK TV channel on October 30th to “dissect the implications of major international developments for UK audiences” and “focus on the issues that matter most to Britons”.

The international version of RT is already available in the UK. Its new domestic incarnation, on BSkyB and Freeview, will feature five hours of bespoke programming from studios in London’s Millbank.

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said: ““It has always been RT’s goal to bring new perspectives to our viewers – to show them the side of the story they won’t see on the mainstream channels Now, with a dedicated UK channel, we can serve the needs and interests of the British public by promoting debate and new ways of thinking about specifically British issues.”

RT has previously faced accusations of bias including complaints from members of its own staff who resigned over its stance on the Ukraine crisis

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