Russian Foreign Minister S.Lavrov’ welcome address on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of “Russia Today” TV Channel, New York, September 29, 2015
First of all - happy anniversary, RT! 10 years ago this Channel was launched. 10 years is a long time, but it’s like yesterday. The achievements of the channel during this historic and not very long time are really remarkable. I would like to congratulate the leadership of the Channel, all those who work for it - correspondents, technicians, everyone. Because to gain such popularity in such a relatively short time is really an achievement. As far as I understand, about 700 million people in about 100 countries watch RT, appreciate RT as a source for information, which is not necessarily the same from other channels, other media outlets. This is about competition, pluralism, juxtaposing the views of those people who in many countries, in many places, including the hot spots, sometimes risking their lives, try to present to the viewers what they perceive as news.
The slogan “Question More” is the RT brand, trademark. Whenever I travel, I watch the BBC, CNN, other channels, and I always watch RT. I won’t say, whether any one of these sources gives me full picture. But when you watch all of them, I believe you get a more objective impression of what is going on.
So this is about democracy after all in the media space. I thank RT for making that media space more democratic, more plural. And I wish RT all the best in the years to come. I understand that now, especially if you take your online resources, you talk to people who understand Russian, German, English of course, French, and Arabic. And there is demand for more languages. We take note of the fact that people in Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries would like to have access to your resources, to your news, to the very professional and dedicated work of your correspondents.
So once again - happy anniversary, long live RT!