|Launched||1 January 1997|
|Owned by||Ruslan Sokolov|
|Picture format||576i 4:3 (SDTV)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
|Broadcast area||Worldwide (except Russia)|
|Formerly called||NTV International (1997-2002)|
RTVi (Russian Television International) is an international Russian-language privately owned television network with studios based in New York, Tel-Aviv, Berlin and Riga. Additional news bureaus of RTVi are located in Washington DC, London, Moscow, Kiev, Tbilisi, Yerevan and Chisinau. The channel launched on 1 January 1997 as NTV International, before rebranding as RTVi in 2002.
It has special programs focused on Israeli politics and the Russian-speaking communities (for example, "Israel for a week") in Israel and also Germany (with the program "Germany for a week").
RTVi airs daily world news, current affairs programs and family entertainment.
RTVi broadcasts by satellite and cable in Europe, Middle East, North America, South America, Asia and Australia. RTVi's European feed is not available in Russia.
RTVi's principal audience are millions of Russian-speaking viewers outside Russia. RTVi is a major source of information, in some cases it’s the only TV channel available for Russian-speaking communities.
RTVi is owned by Russian businessman Ruslan Sokolov who bought the channel from its founder Vladimir Gusinsky in 2012.
In March, 2012, Nina Lepchenko was appointed as RTVi's CEO. Alexey Zyunkin joined the team in May 2012 as RTVi's Vice President of Programming and Production. RTVi's News Director and Editor-in-Chief is Ekaterine Kotrikadze.
- http://tv.rtvi.com/. Online broadcasting in Windows Media Video/Windows Media Audio of 3 channels. The channel names are RTVi, RTVi+ and RTVi TeleClub.
- http://news.rtvi.com/. Archived news and talks, including the latest broadcasts.
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