Long Island City
|Picture format||576i SDTV|
|Owner||Ruslan Sokolov until October 2019 then Mikayel Israyelyan|
|Launched||1 January 1997|
|Former names||NTV International (1997–2002)|
RTVI (Russian Television International), more recently stylized as RTVi, is a privately-owned international Russian-language television network. Its primary audiences are the Russian-speaking communities of Israel, Germany and the US. RTVI does not broadcast in Russia, but is available to the Russian audience online.
It has special programs focused on politics and local Russian-speaking communities.
The channel was founded in 1997 by Vladimir Gusinsky as a part of NTV channel. RTVI was owned by Russian businessman Ruslan Sokolov who bought the channel from its founder Vladimir Gusinsky in 2012. A group of Israeli private investors purchased RTVI International channel in 2017. In October 2019, the Armenia-born American Mikayel Israyelyan (Russian: Микаэль Исраелян) was named the new owner of RTVI.
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; however, all broadcasts are available online.
RTVI's principal audience are Russian-speaking viewers outside Russia.
RTVi's News Director till June 2020 was Ekaterina Kotrikadze. Russian TV journalist Alexey Pivovarov was appointed editor-in-chief in 2016. Pivovarov remained in this position till 2020. However, In the unexpected move, the new owner of RTVi, Myrael Israelyan tapped Sergei "Shnur" Shnurov, front-man of the Leningrad, to replace Pivovarov as executive editor-in-chief beginning July 2020. Shnurov 'temporarily' left this position in March of 2022.  Alexey Zyunkin joined the team in May 2012 as RTVi's Vice President of Programming and Production, but left the company in April of 2022.
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- Сотников, Даниил (Sotnikov, Daniil); Чуракова, Ольга (Churakova, Olga); Баданин, Роман (Badanin, Roman); Рубина, Михаила (Rubin, Mikhail); Сурначевой, Елизаветы (Surnacheva, Elizabeth) (25 December 2019). "Друзья по особым поручениям. Рассказ о том, как Сергей Чемезов связался с либералами" [Friends on special missions. The story of how Sergey Chemezov got in touch with liberals]. Проект Медиа (Proekt) (in Russian). Retrieved 30 December 2019.
- New owner
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