Russia Today (RT) expands into San Francisco and claims ratings success in Washington and New York.

Posted: 19 Feb 2011   Print   Send a link
RusInfoService, 11 Feb 2011, apparent RT press release: "RT, an international TV news channel, has launched its English-language feed, 24x7, on San Francisco's major cable provider, Comcast, which brings it to approximately 4 million viewers in the San Francisco metro area. In the U.S., RT is carried by cable networks in New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; and in Los Angeles, CA. ... Nielsen Media research showed RT's average daily audience in Washington, DC, as exceeding that of Deutsche Welle, France 24, Euronews, and CCTV News, the English-language Chinese news channel. In New York metro, the Nielsen survey indicated that RT's daily audience exceeds the average daily audience of Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera English and CCTV News. Almost one-half (42.6%) of RT viewers in Washington, DC, and in New York, NY, appreciate RT's critical take on news of the day, as well as its different stance from the mainstream media, and see it as a reliable alternative. The majority (87%) of respondents consider mainstream TV channels, such as CNN and BBC America, to be partisan. Nielsen Media Research conducted the survey in the fall of 2010 with 2,192 residents in Washington, DC, and 2,180 residents in New York city."