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Russia’s ‘Propaganda Outlet’ Will Remain on Canadian TV

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Amid charges that RT spreads disinformation and has sought to influence elections, the CRTC says the channel is not under review in Canada

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, visits the new headquarters of the Russia Today television channel in Moscow, Russia in June 2013. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP/CP)

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) says it is not reviewing the presence on Canadian TVs of RT, a channel which has been labelled a propaganda tool of the Russian government by U.S. intelligence agencies and accused of spreading disinformation by French president Emmanuel Macron.

The outlet is reportedly funded by the Kremlin, and launched under the name Russia Today in 2005. The CRTC added it to the list of satellite services eligible for distribution in Canada in 2009, and the channel is currently available on all the major cable providers.

declassified version of an assessment of Russian involvement in U.S. elections, released by the office of the Director of National Intelligence in January and containing inputs from the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency, includes numerous references to RT. The report points to collaboration between the channel, dubbed “the Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet,” and WikiLeaks, as well as to its positive spotlight on Donald Trump and negative coverage of Hillary Clinton.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. As much as RT is Russian propaganda it is not much worse than some of the fake stuff coming from CNN and other traditional media. RT surprisingly has some pretty good documentaries and some of the news not reported elsewhere turns out to be bang on.

  2. RT? Propaganda? HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHA……..that’s rich….

    CKNW – trump bashing, Russian Meddling, NEVER a word about MUSLIM terrorists destroying Europastan………Canadian PHAKE NEWS MEDIA is propaganda. Why do you think they are failing? Everyone knows…..and people are not listening.

    Just today it was released Obozo DID IN FACT wiretap the Trump Tower. Not a word from the Phake News………

  3. Thankfully, Telus Optik cable system has removed a propaganda arm of another government, namely CBC News Channel from “free” basic cable, thus putting it on a pay package with other disinformation services.

    If there was a similar press release, it might read like this:

    “The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) says it is not reviewing the presence on Canadian TVs of CBC Newschannel, a channel which has been labelled a propaganda tool of the Trudeau government by U.S. intelligence agencies and accused of spreading disinformation by Canadian taxpayers.”

    “The outlet is reportedly funded by the Kremlin, and launched under the name CBC Newsworld in the eighties. The CRTC added it to the list of satellite services that cable companies must distribute on basic cable in Canada, but the channel is now being bumped to the pay packages currently available on all the major cable providers.”

  4. “oh brother” is misinformed regarding CBC News Channel. The CRTC mandate for “skinny” TV excludes cable-only channels except for those explicitly listed.

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