Russia Today to launch renewed English newswire on April 1 - editor-in-chief

The work on the brand Russia Today has not been completed yet and the agency will be working under the old name for the time being, Russia Today editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said.

The work on the brand Russia Today has not been completed yet and the agency will be working under the old name for the time being, Russia Today editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said.

"A renewed English newswire will be launch on April 1. We will use the old brand for the time being, but leading international specialists are already working on the new brands and they will be ready soon," Simonyan said.

The agency will launch a Spanish wire on April 1 and the new wire will become round-the-clock on June 1, she said.

"The wires in other languages will be launched before the end of this year," Simonyan said.

"Multimedia hubs will be created on the entire post-Soviet space, which will broadcast in the languages of these republics and in Russian," she said.

"Information sites and other online projects aimed at informing the audiences in these countries, with regard for the interests of every audience. We will be targeting specific audiences. We have never done that before. Another 12 multimedia hubs with radio and online broadcasting in different languages will be created in the leading world capitals. The most modern technologies will be used for disseminating information," she said.

An additional budget will not be needed for reaching these goals, Simonyan said.

"We are not asking additional money for all that, which means we will have to optimize something to get resources for the creation of something more modern. We will stop using obsolete radio broadcasting models, when the signal is transmitted without any control and when it is impossible to calculate who listens to it and where," she said.

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