RT Nominated for Two Golden Nymphs at Monte Carlo Television Festival

Jun 10, 2010, 17:47 ET from RT

MOSCOW, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- RT Channel is nominated for two Golden Nymph awards at the world's biggest annual Monte Carlo Television Festival that celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.

RT's "Urban Decay" (Mortal Motor City: Detroit on the Edge), a four-minute story on Detroit, a once booming capital of the U.S. auto industry, and currently seized by the acute unemployment accompanied with a crime surge, is running for the top prize in Best TV News Package category. Reaching the finals in Best 24-Hour News Programme is "Nightclub Horror," RT's coverage of the tragic fire at the nightclub Lame Horse in the Russian city of Perm.

RT's co-runners for top prize are several leading world TV channels including BBC News, Sky News, CNN, FRANCE 24, among others. The festival juries traditionally include the leading personalities in the world's television industry. Invited as judges for the 50th anniversary show are, among others, the prominent British director John Boorman (President); Cindy Strand, CNN Director of Coverage for International News; Sue Phillips, Al Jazeera Director of Foreign Bureaus and Development; and, from Russia, TV presenter Vladimir Pozner and Head of News RT/English Irakly Gachechiladze.

Established in 1961 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the Monte Carlo Television Festival is the world's largest forum for television films and serials, news stories and news programs. Its main prize and symbol is the Golden Nymph, a golden copy of the "Salamacis" Nymph, the original of which is on show at the Louvre in Paris.

RT (formerly – Russia Today) was launched in 2005. It now broadcasts globally via satellites and cable providers in English, Arabic and Spanish. The channel's list of professional awards include 2009 New York Festival Silver World Medal for Best News Documentary ("A city of desolate mothers"), 2008 London Media Excellence Awards Special Jury Award in the Best Creative Feature category ("Russian Glamour" feature story) and Russia's most prestigious broadcasting award TEFI in Best News Anchor category.

In the U.S. RT is available to more than 7 million viewers in the Washington, D.C. and New York City Metro areas on the following platforms: MHZ Networks 5, Comcast Cable, Cox Cable, RCN Cable, Dish Network, Time Warner and Verizon FIOS TV. Its newscasts can be viewed online at www.rt.com.