Ruptly GmbH is an international video news agency specializing in video on demand, based in Berlin, Germany. It is a division of the RT (formerly Russia Today) news network. Ruptly says that it is editorially and commercially independent, but its sole shareholder is ANO "TV-Novosti", a Russian government-funded non-profit organisation which also controls RT.[1] During the economic crisis in December 2008, the Russian government, headed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, included ANO "TV-Novosti" on its list of core organizations of strategic importance of Russia.[2][3][4]

RUPTLY logo tag pos rgb.png
Launched4 April 2013; 7 years ago (2013-04-04)
Owned by(ANO) TV-Novosti
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
SloganNews That Expands Views
Broadcast areaWorldwide
HeadquartersLennéstraße 1
Berlin, Germany
Sister channel(s)RT International
RT Arabic
RT Actualidad
RT America
RT Documentary
RT Deutsch

Ruptly operates worldwide, serving over 1,400 clients globally. These include large media groups, broadcast networks, video bloggers and online publishers. Clients include Al Jazeera, CBS, NHK, and new wave online publishers such as LADbible.[5]


Ruptly joined the German Commercial Register as a Berlin-based GmbH in July 2012 [6], before officially launching operations on April 4, 2013. It operates as a German commercial entity with ANO TV Novosti as its principle shareholder.

Since its inception, Ruptly has focused on providing video news content, live video-streaming and operational support to broadcasters of varying size around the world. It has since launched new pricing models to cater to smaller organizations with lower budgets including Ruptly PASS, launched in September 2018, which allows users to access unlimited video content on a subscription basis [7]. According to Dinara Toktosunova, Ruptly’s CEO, the service is intended to “support the growth of emerging and mid-sized digital publishers. […] We hope this will inspire talented publishers to strengthen their production, experiment with new video formats, and of course grow their audiences.” [8]

In 2019, Ruptly began launching dedicated platforms to serve its audiences in their native languages. To date this includes Ruptly Spanish, launched in summer 2019, which provides Spanish-language video, scripts and a dedicated website [9]. Plans for an Arabic equivalent were announced earlier in 2019 [10].

Ruptly has launched an in-house verification unit, which is used to check the accuracy of content acquired from independent contributors[11]. The unit has revealed inaccuracies in multiple news stories, including a report containing inaccurate comments attributed to a senior Iranian military official [12]. However, Ruptly also cooperated with "journalists" who explicitly collaborated with Russian FSB federal security service and presented fake news about conflict in Donbass in Ukraine[13]

A Ruptly satellite reporting set up

Ruptly coverage includes much of what is covered on RT including politics, finance, sports, science, technology, entertainment and light news. The agency has reported on Russia, European policies, NSA surveillance, the German elections of 2013, the Middle East and the Syrian conflict.

The live events that Ruptly broadcasts include elections, protests all over the world,[14] notably the Gilet Jaunes movement, which Ruptly covered live on an ongoing basis[15]—,international talks such as P5+1, trials, and spacewalks, including the first panoramic view of the Earth, captured from the International Space Station[16].

Other content of note includes Ruptly’s exclusive video coverage of the arrest of Julian Assange when he was forcibly removed from the UK’s Ecuadorian Embassy in April 2019. Ruptly was the only news agency at the scene to capture the moment[17].


Ruptly consists of an international team headquartered in Germany, with additional offices located in Moscow and Beijing. The agency also engages a global network of freelance video journalists, known as stringers, to capture on-demand content at the scene of events[18]. These are located throughout the world in locations including Washington, Damascus, London, Madrid, Gaza and Cairo.[19] Ruptly also accepts user-generated content (UGC) via social media and its dedicated Ruptly Stringer app[20]. Ruptly's organization also includes the Berlin-based subsidiary Redfish.[21]

The agency broadcasts live (with a platform that enables simultaneous streaming of five events) and allows TV stations and online media to receive and broadcast in real time.[22] It also has a video-on-demand service.[23] The service also sells footage to others on its website.

Products and servicesEdit

Ruptly operates as a B2B news agency with three core areas: video news content, live video streaming and operational support.

Live and on-demand content is accessible via Ruptly’s online platform and can be purchased on an individual basis or via enterprise subscription plans for media networks and publishers. A variety of material is available including breaking news, sports, politics, viral content, investigative documentaries and 360° content.

Through its operational arm, Ruptly Ops, the agency provides localized broadcasting services to its clientele, including live stand-up positions for TV network journalists, on-demand filming and multi-camera studios at locations around the world, with previous projects including the provision of a variety of broadcast services in multiple host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup[24].

In September 2018, Ruptly introduced a new digital subscription model, Ruptly Pass, which is aimed at individuals and media operating on lower budgets and allows users to access Ruptly’s content for 12.50 euros per month.[25]

According to Matt Tabaccos, Chief Commercial Officer at Ruptly, the model was developed to “widen the accessibility of good quality content that has previously been the privilege of a big budget TV channel or corporation.” [26]

Key coverageEdit

Assange’s arrest, 11th April, 2019Edit

Ruptly was the only news organisation in the world to capture the arrest of the WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, following his removal from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had spent five years.

When asked how Ruptly obtained the footage, Laura Lucchini, Ruptly’s head of news, said that [27], “WikiLeaks tweeted that a high-level source told them about the imminent eviction of Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy. We sent our crew to the embassy immediately and worked out a schedule for them to stay in front of the embassy uninterrupted and do a live stream. We decided on 24/7 shifts. In the beginning, other media outlets were live and doing shifts as well, but we saw camera crews eventually leaving. After a few days, we were the only camera team out in front of the embassy. We ran a live feed for the whole week.”[28]

Notre Dame fire, drone footage, 15th April 2019Edit

Ruptly was the first agency [29] to provide a video from a drone showing the scale of the damage inflicted to the roof of the Notre Dame, a day after the world-famous cathedral went up in flames.

Yellow Vest protests in Paris, live coverage, November 2018Edit

The Gilets Jaunes movement first began on the streets of Paris in November 2018 as a protest against tax hikes on diesel fuel. Ruptly’s live streams of the Gilets Jaunes demonstrations, shown simultaneously on multiple social media platforms, started in the first week – in November 2018 – and continued until August 2019. Ruptly says its coverage of the Gilets Jaunes protests gathered hundreds of hours of live streams from dozens of live events, transmitted to at least 27 countries.

In April 2019, Ruptly won the Best Live News Category at the annual Shorty awards [30] for its coverage of the Yellow Vest movement.

FIFA World Cup 2018, full coverage, 14th June – 15th July 2018Edit

Throughout the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Ruptly provided complete broadcast services with three outdoor multi-camera studios in Moscow, St Petersburg, and Sochi, along with live stand-up positions in 11 host cities.

Ruptly's coverage included all World Cup events, pre-match training, exclusive interviews, fan zones and viral videos. Using “Ruptly Stringer”, a user-generated content app, the agency was able to source and provide hours of user-generated videos in real-time.

Ruptly broadcast a minimum of four live World Cup transmissions a day via the “Ruptly LIVE” platform, which enabled clients to broadcast up to nine simultaneous events to multiple destinations, including direct to their social media feeds. Ruptly’s team also operated drones and used 360-degree cameras for video and live coverage.[31]

Kemerovo shopping centre fire, drone footage, 25th March 2018Edit

Ruptly’s drone footage captured the deadly fire[32] at the Zimnyaya Vischnya shopping mall and entertainment complex[33] in which at least 60 people were killed, more than half of them children. Drones were also used to capture footage of a subsequent massive rally[34], in which protesters demanded answers from the authorities. Ruptly exclusively streamed the demonstration live to multiple platforms and also streamed an English-language version for international audiences. Alongside extensive media coverage, the tragedy led to a complete overhaul of safety procedures in shopping malls across the country[35].

Awards and nominationsEdit

Organization Year Category/award Project/service Result Ref.
Shorty Awards 2019 Best Live News Coverage Yellow Vests live streams Won [36]
Digiday Awards Europe 2019 Best Use of Live Ruptly Live Won [37]
Digiday Awards Europe 2019 Video Team of the Year Finalist [38]
The Drum Online Media Awards 2019 Breaking News Story of the Year   Kemerovo Nominated [39]
The Drum Online Media Awards 2018 Commercial Team of the Year - Won [40]
The Drum Online Media Awards 2018 Technical Innovation of the Year Ruptly Live Nominated [41]
Diplomatic Council Global Media Forum 2018 DC Global Media Innovator Ruptly Live Nominated [42]
The Drum Online Media Awards 2017 Best B2B News Site - Won [43]

See alsoEdit


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