19 November 2009

Singapore , 19 November 2009 – StarHub today announced that it will launch a new 24-hour English-language news channel, Russia Today, at 12 midnight on 1 December 2009. StarHub will be the first pay TV operator in Singapore to offer viewers here round-the-clock news and infotainment programmes from a Russian perspective.

Russia Today is delivered ‘live’ from Moscow by GlobeCast via satellite to StarHub’s pay TV platform. GlobeCast also represents Russia Today’s channel distribution across the region. Available on StarHub TV Channel 174, Russia Today is the sixth channel to join StarHub’s existing tier of Complimentary International Channels. The other channels in this tier are Arirang TV, Australia Network, Deutsche Welle, KBS World and TVRI.

“StarHub is delighted to offer our StarHub TV customers with comprehensive, credible and in-depth news coverage with a fresh perspective from Russia. Always on the lookout for quality programmes from across the globe to present to our valued customers, StarHub once again breaks the barriers by offering Russia Today to customers at no extra charge,” said Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub’s Vice President of Home Solutions.

Russia Today’s content line-up covers a wide array of genres including news, entertainment, arts, technology and business. The channel’s correspondents around the world has won numerous journalism awards including the Silver World Medal for Best News Documentary from New York Festivals, the Special Jury Award in the Best Creative Feature category at Media Excellence Awards in London and Russia’s most prestigious broadcasting award TEFI in the Best News Anchor category.

Russia Today will offer:

  • News – The latest reports covering everything happening in Russia – ‘live’ reporting, news reports, exclusive interviews and more.
  • Business Today – Features exclusive interviews with heads of major companies and includes in-depth analysis of current business trends, expert commentary, equity surveys and stock market analysis.
  • Entertainment Today – With the latest news from the world of culture and art, focusing on stories culturally related to Russia such as new films, theatrical productions, important exhibitions, plays, festivals and concerts.
  • Sports – Sports News reflects the most important Russian and world events in the world of sport.
  • In Context - Russia Today’s week in review programme that focuses on major news stories, taking them further with in-depth analysis and commentary.
  • XL Reports - XL Reports introduce Russia's traditions and culture while exposing outdated myths and stereotypes, bringing to life Russia's rich heritage, its varied wildlife, special cuisine and vibrant nightlife.
  • Spotlight – An in-depth, daily interview programme which focuses on current events in Russia and across the world. The respected Russian journalist, Aleksandr Gurnov speaks to people from a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds, including politics, academia, the arts and science.

For more details, viewers can visit www.starhub.com/tv.

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