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. RT America also has studios and bureaus in New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles. The channel is the home and the production base of RT's U.S. based programs.
|Owned by||(ANO) TV-Novosti|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
|Sister channel(s)||RT International
RT en Francais
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|
|Russian TVGroup||Channel unallocated|
|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 Keiser Report (2009)
- Crosstalk (2009)
- The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann (2010)
- The Resident (2010)
- Larry King Now (2013) (produced by Ora TV)
- Politicking with Larry King (2013) (produced by Ora TV)
- Boom Bust (2013)
- Redacted Tonight (2014)
- The World According to Jesse (2017)
- Watching the Hawks (2015)
- News with Ed Schultz (2016)
- On Contact with Chris Hedges (2016)
- America's Lawyer (2016)
Notable news personalitiesEdit
- Max Keiser (2009–present)
- Thom Hartmann (2010–present)
- Larry King (2013–present)
- Tyrel Ventura (2014–present)
- Jesse Ventura (2015–present)
- Sean Stone (2015–present)
- Ed Schultz (2016–present)
- Lindsay France (2016–present)
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|
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. Later, Martin asserted that RT still supports her despite her differences of opinion with the Russian government. 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".[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".
Wahl's on-air statementEdit
"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." 
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."
- Stations for Network - RT, Rabbitears.info, accessed July 2013.
- "Usa — Rt". Rt.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
- "RT America • About". rtamerica.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
- Politicking: Larry King talks NSA scandal fallout, RT.com, June 13, 2013.
- Greg Botelho, CNN (5 March 2014). "State-funded news anchor Abby Martin: 'What Russia did is wrong' - CNN.com". CNN.
- "Ukraine conflict perspectives and Washington's shadow lobbyists".
- Graves, Lucia (March 4, 2014) RT Defends Host Abby Martin, Responds to Accusations of Pro-Putin Propaganda, National Journal retrieved April 11, 2014
- Greenwald, Glenn (March 4, 2014) RT Host Abby Martin Condemns Russian Incursion Into Crimea – On RT The Intercept retrieved march 21, 2014
- "Russia Today TV presenter Liz Wahl quits on air". BBC News. 6 March 2014.
- RT America (2014-03-05), RT America's Liz Wahl resigns live on air, retrieved 2016-07-28
- Liz Wahl, I Was Putin's Pawn, Politico magazine, March 21, 2014.