RT (TV network)
RT (founded as ""Russia Today"") is a Russian state-funded television network which runs cable and satellite television channels, as well as Internet content directed to audiences outside the Russian Federation. RT International, which is based in Moscow, presents around-the-clock news bulletins, documentaries, talk shows, and debates, as well as sports news and cultural programmes about Russia. RT operates as a multilingual service with channels in three languages: the original English language channel was launched in 2005, followed by the Arabic language channel in 2007 and the Spanish language channel in 2009. RT America (since 2010), and RT UK (since 2014) offer some locally based content for those countries. RT is a brand of ""TV-Novosti"", an ""autonomous non-profit organization"", founded by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti on April 6, 2005. During the economic crisis in December 2008, the Russian Government headed by Vladimir Putin included ANO ""TV-Novosti"" in the list of core organisations of strategic importance of Russia.RT has been called a propaganda outlet for the Russian government and its foreign policy by former Russian officialsand by news reporters, including former RT reporters. It has also been accused of spreading disinformation. The United Kingdom media regulator Ofcom has threatened RT with sanctions because of repeated violations of its rules on impartiality. The network states that it offers a ""Russian perspective"" on global events.