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RT (formerly named "Russia Today") is a Russian state-funded cable and satellite television channel directed to audiences outside of the Russian Federation. The channel, which is headquartered in Moscow, presents round-the-clock news bulletins, documentaries, talk shows and debates, as well as sports news and cultural programs on Russia aimed at the overseas news market. RT operates as a multilingual service with channels in three languages; the original English language channel was launched in 2005. The Arabic language Rusiya Al-Yaum was launched in 2007, while its Spanish language channel RT Actualidad was launched in 2009. Since 2010, RT America, which focuses on the United States, has been based in Washington, D.C. Since 2014, RT UK which focuses on United Kingdom, has been based in London. RT is a brand of "TV-Novosti", founded by RIA Novosti (currently "Russia Today") on April 6, 2005. During the economic crisis in December 2008, the Russian Government 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 officials, and 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 RT offers a Russian perspective on global events.