RT television network and Ora TV announced a deal today that will bring legendary broadcaster Larry King to US cable television’s RT America. Beginning in June, “Larry King Now” will be carried on RT America, and additionally, RT will air “Politics with Larry King”, a new show also hosted by King and produced by Ora TV. RT America will be the exclusive US broadcaster for both programs, which will continue to stream online at Hulu.com and Ora.tv and also be available online on rt.com. The programs will be recorded in RT America’s Washington, DC studios and Ora TV’s studio in Los Angeles.
“I have always been passionate about government and issues that impact the public, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to talk politics with some of the most influential people in Washington and around the country,” said Larry King. “I look forward to bringing these invigorating conversations, as well as my “Larry King Now” interviews, to television audiences with RT America.”
“Politics with Larry King” will bring Larry King’s signature interview style back to Washington and to topics of government, public affairs, policies, and politics. Mr. King will be interviewing world leaders, political and cultural figures, and other newsmakers and personalities who will lend their perspective on the most critical and controversial issues of the day. It will air weekly on RT America, and be available online at rt.com as well as Ora.tv and Hulu.com.
“Larry King Now” will be available to cable television viewers on RT four times per week, beginning in June. “Larry King Now” has enjoyed tremendous success online, as viewers have flocked to watch King’s interviews with guests ranging from Seth MacFarlane and Wiz Khalifa, to Melissa McCarthy and Harrison Ford.
“We are thrilled to work with Larry King, who is a true media legend,” says Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor in chief. “Whether a president or an activist or a rock star was sitting across from him, Larry King never shied away from asking the tough questions, which makes him a terrific fit for our network.”
“Larry King has entertained and informed millions of viewers over the years, and millions of digital viewers over just the past year,” added Ora TV’s CEO, Jon Housman. “We’re thrilled to bring Larry King’s insights and one-of-a-kind discussions, from celebrities to world leaders, to RT America’s television and online audiences.”
Mr. King’s broadcasting career spans more than 56 years. He has hosted a number of radio and television programs, including a 25-year run at CNN as the host of Larry King Live. Among the many awards and honors he has received over the years are the Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, 10 Cable ACE Awards for Best Interviewer and for Best Talk Show Series and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has interviewed the most iconoclastic figures in modern history and culture including Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Yasser Arafat, Bill Gates, Frank Sinatra, Hugo Chavez, Margaret Thatcher, Vladimir Putin, and every US President since Richard Nixon. Ora’s “Larry King Now” launched on Hulu and Ora.tv in July of 2012, and has featured such guests as Ryan Seacrest, Julia Louis-Drefus, Bill Maher, Snoop Lion, Quincy Jones, and Kevin Bacon. King also moderated the 2012 3rd party presidential debate in October 2012 which was broadcasted live on RT.
About Ora TV
Ora TV is a television production studio and on-demand digital network, creating high-production level programming for both traditional and digital distribution via a variety of platforms. Ora (which means “now” in Italian) launched in July 2012 with the show Larry King Now, available on Hulu and Ora.tv, and today has several programs airing on Ora TV , including Newsbreaker and Daily ReHash, and many new / additional shows are currently in production and/or development. In April of 2013, Ora TV acquired Stick Figure Studios, an Emmy award winning documentary and reality series production company based in New York. Ora is funded by América Móvil, the leading Latin American wireless service provider, with a majority interest held by noted global business leader Carlos Slim Helú.
RT is a global international news network that broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic and Spanish from its studios in Moscow and Washington, DC, and is available to 630 million viewers worldwide. RT is the only Russian TV channel to garner two nominations for the prestigious International Emmy Award. It is the only television news channel to cross a one BILLION views mark on YouTube.
RT’s other high-profile collaborations include “The Keiser Report”, hosted by an acclaimed journalist and former stockbroker Max Keiser, “The Big Picture” with an award-winning author Thom Hartmann and “Breaking The Set” with Abby Martin. In 2012, RT’s 12-part The Julian Assange Show, created and hosted by the world-renowned cyber-activist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, sparked a global media firestorm for tackling of-the-moment subjects with controversial guests.
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