The UK’s biggest internet provider has announced it will launch a new online streaming service in the country, The American Conservatives.
It will be called RT’s UK service and will be available on the BBC iPlayer, BBC iView, and a range of other platforms, including Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu.
The service will be powered by an all-new website called RT.co.uk.
Its launch is expected in March.
The BBC said it will use the RT.uk domain name to promote the service and “help to expand its reach”.
The new service is based on the news channel’s original service, RT.tv, which launched in 2016.
RT was launched by the same company that runs The Sun newspaper.
The new site is designed to be more user-friendly than the previous site, and will include a news ticker, a news section and a live feed of all of RT’s news programming.
“RT’s mission is to create a global network of independent, fair, accurate and objective journalism,” said Ross Anderson, RT’s founder and chief executive.
“This is a key part of our mission to help build an independent news media, which is in the public interest.”
RT is a Russian state-owned media outlet which broadcasts more than 90 hours of live coverage a week to more than 40 million viewers.
The channel was created by former BBC reporter Laura Ling in 2015, and launched its first English-language service, The Russia Today Network, in 2018.
The company says it is the first UK-based news network to be publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange.
The US broadcaster is owned by Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal, the largest cable and internet provider in the US.
RT has been accused of bias in its coverage of the conflict in Ukraine and other countries in the former Soviet Union, as well as in other conflicts.
It has also been criticised for spreading misinformation about the Ukraine conflict and the war in Syria.
RT’s coverage has also led to the arrest of several journalists and activists in the past year, including Anna Politkovskaya, the editor-in-chief of the liberal magazine Vedomosti.
RT says it has been “investigating the motives behind these arrests”, but has not been able to find any evidence that any journalists have been arrested.
RT said it plans to launch new services in other parts of the world, including Russia, China and South Africa.