[FoRK] RT? Seen it?
sdw at lig.net
Mon Mar 7 21:27:33 PST 2011
Funky. For some noise while writing / coding, I left the hotel room TV on a channel I'd never heard from called "RT". No obvious
other identification, source, etc. Speakers mostly had very good neutral English (with only a too-long stretch on certain
diphthongs), nominally US-ish with a few mild European accents for segments. Only after a long while did I hear a an identifying
accent in a short segment: Russian (non-profit) TV.
Apparently, it is sort of a Russian cross between BBC and Al Jazeera (with a distinct CNN feel). They actually showed a CNN screen
shot at one point, apparently to say that they are better. The video and web site ( http://rt.com/ ) have high production values.
If there is any charter, it seems to be to make Russia a safe, normal, profitable place to do business. Although in a segment on
that subject, they mention a French entrepreneur (rose florist/grower) having trouble finding people that want to work.
Interesting. And funky.
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