On Thursday, CNN reported that the U.S. arm of Russian state-backed media outlet RT will be effectively shutting down, as a result of the ongoing brutality of Russia over Ukraine.
Citing a memo from the production company’s American wing, CNN reported that the General Manager Misha Solodovnikov said in a note to employees that it would be ceasing production because of “unforeseen business interruption events.” He said most employees will be permanently laid off.
This being said, RT America’s YouTube channel, where it has 1.2 million subscribers, remains live.
Even before the Ukrainian crisis, RT America has been steadily sidelined in the U.S. Satellite TV company DirecTV recently pulled the channel on March 1, ahead of a contract that was going to expire later this year, while Dish, which also carried the network, did not reply to questions. Other major cable companies had removed it several years ago.
Previously, U.S. intelligence agencies have said that RT acted as propaganda for the Kremlin. Doing so did not restrict the channel’s content but meant it had to disclose its funding and label its content.