Russian-backed US news channel RT America ceases production and lays off all employees

The Russian government-controlled US cable news channel RT America has ceased production and laid off all of its employees. A memo was sent to staff on Thursday saying the news channel “will cease production.” The move comes after other versions of RT were banned in Europe and other countries. The channel has been removed by several cable companies in Canada and has also been banned by video streaming platform Youtube.

RT America ceases production

Russian state-controlled international news channel RT America has decided to halt all production amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis. According to The Hollywood Reporter, staff received a memo and were also told of the decision at a public meeting Thursday. Chain employees in cities including New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles and Miami would be affected by the layoff.

In the memo sent by Misha Solodovnikov, the chief executive of T&R Productions, the company that manages and runs RT America, he told his employees that the move was made “as a result of unforeseen business interruption events”. .

He also added that they have no plans to restart production and “unfortunately, we expect this layoff to be permanent.” Holland Cooke, host of the RT America show The big picturealso confirmed the news in a blog post for Talkers magazine, writing, “We’ve been cancelled, by cable/satellite/online distribution platforms.

Hollywood studios halt film releases in Russia

As the Russian military continues to mount its military assault on Ukraine, the global entertainment fraternity has collectively decided to ban several landmark events and movie releases in Russia. Studios like Warner Bros., Walt Disney Co. and Sony Pictures announced on February 28 that they would suspend the release of their films in Russia. Warner Bros. interrupted the release of The Batman in Russia, just days before the film opens in theaters there. A studio representative said in a statement, “In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia is suspending the release of its feature film The Batman in Russia. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. resolution of this tragedy. »

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