RT Host Alyona Minkovski a Forbes 'Top 30 Under 30' Rising U.S. Media Star

Dec 22, 2011, 07:00 ET from RT

MOSCOW, Dec. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- RT's Alyona Show host, Alyona Minkovski was chosen to be the first Russian ever on the Forbes 30 under 30 rising media star list

RT's Alyona Minkovski has hosted her political talk show for over two years out of RT's Washington D.C. Bureau. Her fearless and irreverent style has earned her continuing recognition, including from San Francisco based SOMA magazine.  They called the show a "refreshing program, and not just because its 25 year old host is instantly charming. Equal parts Daily Show and cable news arena, The Alyona Show does political talk with razor-sharp wit."

"Our goal is to bring viewers back to TV news, to prove that it can be both entertaining and informative. It can be done without falling into line with the establishment in Washington DC, which the mainstream media suffers from. As a team we're really excited to be recognized for all the hard work we put into the program, and personally, I love getting to voice my opinions on TV everyday and still have viewers come back for more!" says Minkovski.

Slate, the oldest and one of the biggest online publications wrote that "Minkovski's show is an in-house attempt at a newsy cult hit. The show was built around Minkovski when she was just 23. It was on her show that Julian Assange got one of his most sympathetic interviews."

RT's Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan added: "Such recognition represents a major success! We are very proud of Alyona. It is because of journalists like Alyona that U.S. audiences respond so positively to our channel's angle."

Besides Alyona Minkovski, columnists from The Washington Post, The New York Times, The NY Times Magazine, journalists from Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters, СNN, and Google made it onto the top 30 under 30 list in the media category.

RT started broadcasting in 2005. It is a round-the-clock TV station with studios in Moscow and Washington, D.C. It broadcasts in more than a hundred countries, has over 430 million viewers. Online broadcasting is available at rt.com. RT was the first news channel to reach half a billion views on YouTube. In 2010 RT became an Emmy finalist in the news category – the first Russian channel to achieve that.

You can watch The Alyona Show online at www.youtube.com/thealyonashow and follow on Twitter @TheAlyonaShow.