MOSCOW, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RT, Russia's first international news channel, has been nominated for an International Emmy, the most prestigious award in television, in the News category.
RT was nominated for its coverage of Occupy Wall Street, a movement which started in New York City in 2011 and has since spurred a worldwide phenomenon. RT became one of the first TV networks to provide an in-depth coverage of the Occupy protests from their inception.
"Two years ago we became the first Russian TV channel to become an Emmy finalist in the News category. We are very happy and very proud to once again be the sole channel representing Russia in the competition for the biggest TV award in the world. We hope that second time will be the charm!" said RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan.
RT is the first Russian TV network with two career International Emmy nominations. In 2010, RT became the first Russian TV channel to be nominated in the News category for its coverage of Barack Obama's first official visit to Russia in the previous year.
Among RT's competitors vying for the Emmy statuette are such international TV news channels as Qatar's Al-Jazeera English, Japan's NHK and Brazil's TV Globo.
Launched in 2005, RT broadcasts around the clock from its studios in Moscow and Washington, DC and is available in English, Arabic and Spanish to more than 550 million viewers in more than 100 countries around the globe. It is the first news channel in the world to pass 750 million views on YouTube. RT streams online at RT.com.
The International Emmy Awards are presented by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for excellence in television. The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will take place on October 1st in New York City.
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