New York, NY (July 29, 2013) - Ora TV (ora.tv) and RT (rt.com) today announced a deal to expand "Politicking with Larry King" to a global audience. "Politicking with Larry King" is a new show hosted by Larry King and produced by Ora TV that launched in June on RT America. Now the show will be broadcast in Spanish and Arabic on RT's Rusiya Al-Yaum and RT en Español channels, respectively. It will also be available online internationally at rt.com and on RT's record-setting YouTube channel, and in North America on Ora.tv and Hulu.com.
"Larry King has entertained and informed millions of viewers over the years, both in the US and around the world", said Ora TV's CEO, Jon Housman. "'Larry King Now' has been watched by millions and shows Larry hasn't lost a step. We're thrilled to partner with RT on a global basis, to bring 'Politicking' to their audiences around the world, who I know will enjoy watching Larry dig into important issues with decision makers and thought leaders in the US and abroad".
"RT always focused on the shows that question more. Following the success of the "Politicking with Larry King" launch, which covered timely issues like "What to do with Edward Snowden?" - it became clear that this partnership deserved eyes around the world, "- says Margarita Simonyan, RT's editor in chief. "Politicking with Larry King' is a terrific fit for RT's viewers around the world who want to see Larry engage leading lights on the critical issues of the day."
“Politicking” guests include, Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Former Senator Joe Lieberman, Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, US Rep. Gerry Connolly, and Michael Steele, former GOP Chairman and former Lt. Gov. of Maryland, among others. Both "Politicking" and "Larry King Now" are produced by Ora TV and hosted by Mr. King. Politicking will be taped in RT's studios in Washington DC, New York City, and around the world, as well as in Ora TV's studios in LA.
"I have always been passionate about government and issues that impact the public, and I'm thrilled to be talking politics with some of the most influential people in Washington and around the country" said Larry King. "With this partnership between Ora TV and RT, I look forward to dramatically extending that reach, both in terms of the guests we bring on, and the viewers we broadcast to, and to bringing our invigorating conversations to RT's enormous audience around the globe."
RT has a global reach of over 630 million people in 100+ countries, or more than 28% of all cable subscribers worldwide, and is now available in more than 2.7 million hotel rooms. RT's YouTube channel, became the first TV news channel in YouTube's history to reach one BILLION views. Described by YouTube as 'astonishing' and 'one of the, if not the biggest news provider on YouTube worldwide,' RT's YouTube platform is core to the ongoing emphasis on multi-media news-delivery across the RT family.
Larry King's broadcasting career spans more than 56 years and 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 include: 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.
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 on Ora.tv. Today Ora 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, D.C., 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.