Open main menu

Wikipedia β

RT America is a TV channel based in Washington, D.C., and part of the RT network, a global multilingual television news network based in Moscow, Russia. RT is a non-profit organization in part funded by the Russian government[citation needed]. RT America also has studios and bureaus in New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles.[2][3] The channel is the home and the production base of RT's U.S. based programs.

RT America
RT America Logo.png
Launched February 2010
Network RT
Owned by (ANO) TV-Novosti
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
Slogan Question More
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Sister channel(s) RT International
RT Arabic
RT Documentary
RT Actualidad
RT Deutsch
RT en Francais
MHz Networks
Dish Network Nationwide:
Channel 280 (HD/SD)
Washington, D.C. area:
Channel 8084 (HD/SD)
DirecTV Channel 321 (SD)
GlobeCast WorldTV Channel 462
Cox Communications (Washington, D.C. area) Channel 473
RCN Cable (Washington, D.C. area) Channel 33
Verizon FiOS (Washington, D.C. area) Channel 455
Available on certain cable systems Check Local Listings
Apple TV Channel unallocated
Eagle Multimedia Channel unallocated Channel 132
Russian TVGroup Channel unallocated
Streaming media
Live stream On Air
Google Chromecast Internet Protocol television
Sling TV Internet Protocol television

RT America focuses on covering news in the United States from an alternative perspective. Programs are hosted by American journalists. Similarly, most guests are American (and sometimes Canadian) activists, academics, speakers and analysts with alternative perspectives on "mainstream" issues. The channel covers issues that see lesser coverage in the mainstream media, such as using non-GMO ingredients in foods, corporatism, growing wealth inequality, corruption in politics, peace and environmental issues. It maintains a separate schedule of programs each weekday from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight Eastern Time, and like its counterpart in the UK, it simulcasts RT International at all other times.

RT America is the channel for RT content delivery to the United States cable and satellite providers. The channel is also available on Canadian pay TV providers. In addition, the channel is also available worldwide online through RT's primary website.


RT America programmingEdit



  • The Alyona Show (2009-2012)
  • Adam vs. The Man (2011)
  • Capital Account (2011-2013)
  • Breaking the Set (2012-2015)
  • Prime Interest (2013)
  • Off the Grid (2014-2016)

Notable news personalitiesEdit



Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

The station's digital channel is multiplexed :

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
30.4 1080i 16:9 WNVC-DT RT America over-the-air feed


ODNI Statement on Declassified Intelligence Community Assessment of Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections

On June 13, 2013 RT previewed Larry King's new Thursday evening political talk show Politicking with Larry King with a discussion of Edward Snowden's leaking of the PRISM surveillance program.[4]

Abby Martin statementEdit

On March 4, 2014, Breaking The Set host Abby Martin (whose show is produced by RT America), speaking directly to her viewing audience during the show's closing statement, said that even though she works for RT, she is against Russia's intervention in Ukraine. She said that "what Russia did is wrong", as she is against intervention by any nation into other countries' affairs.[5] Later, Martin asserted that RT still supports her despite her differences of opinion with the Russian government.[6] RTs press office suggested that Martin would be sent to Crimea and responded to accusations of propaganda, stating "the charges of propaganda tend to pop up every time a news outlet, particularly RT, dares to show the side of events that does not fit the mainstream narrative, regardless of the realities on the ground. This happened in Georgia, this is happening in Ukraine".[7][note 1]

Glenn Greenwald claimed that American media elites love to mock Russian media, especially RT, as being a source of shameless pro-Putin propaganda, where free expression is strictly barred. Agreeing the "network has a strong pro-Russian bias", he suggested that Martin's action "remarkably demonstrated what 'journalistic independence' means".[8]

Wahl resignationEdit

RT America broadcast with former anchor Liz Wahl

Wahl's on-air statementEdit

C-SPAN Statement on RT America interruption of C-SPAN 1

On March 5, 2014, RT America anchor Liz Wahl resigned on air, claiming RT was a propaganda machine for Vladimir Putin.[9] She was recorded as saying:[10][11]

"I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I am proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth. And that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning." [11]

In a March 2014 Politico article, Wahl expanded on that statement, saying, "For about two and a half years. I’d looked the other way as the network smeared America for the sake of making the Kremlin look better by comparison, while it sugarcoated atrocities by one brutal dictator after another."[11]



  1. ^ Stations for Network - RT,, accessed July 2013.
  2. ^ "Usa — Rt". Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  3. ^ "RT America • About". Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  4. ^ Politicking: Larry King talks NSA scandal fallout,, June 13, 2013.
  5. ^ Greg Botelho, CNN (5 March 2014). "State-funded news anchor Abby Martin: 'What Russia did is wrong' -". CNN. 
  6. ^ "Ukraine conflict perspectives and Washington's shadow lobbyists". 
  7. ^ Graves, Lucia (March 4, 2014) RT Defends Host Abby Martin, Responds to Accusations of Pro-Putin Propaganda, National Journal retrieved April 11, 2014
  8. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (March 4, 2014) RT Host Abby Martin Condemns Russian Incursion Into Crimea – On RT The Intercept retrieved march 21, 2014
  9. ^ "Russia Today TV presenter Liz Wahl quits on air". BBC News. 6 March 2014. 
  10. ^ RT America (2014-03-05), RT America's Liz Wahl resigns live on air, retrieved 2016-07-28 
  11. ^ a b c Liz Wahl, I Was Putin's Pawn, Politico magazine, March 21, 2014.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit