Russia's RT television network will go dark in Washington D.C.

Russia's English language network last year took out dozens of cheeky ads across Washington D.C. to court viewers. RT...

Posted: Mar 30, 2018 10:40 AM
Updated: Mar 30, 2018 10:40 AM

Russia's English language network last year took out dozens of cheeky ads across Washington D.C. to court viewers. RT's ads, which appeared on bus shelters and on cars, included clever lines like "Stuck in traffic? Lost an election? Blame it on us!"

Come Sunday, however, D.C. area residents will have a harder time finding the Russian-government funded RT on their TV sets.

MHz, the main distributor for RT's programming in Washington, D.C. announced earlier this month that it will cease with the network's broadcasts and cable distribution on April 1. The decision also affects other international networks such as France 24, China's CGTN and Germany's Deutsche Welle.

RT is placing part of the blame on the US Justice Department. RT said last year that the Justice Department had forced T&R Productions, the American company that produces the network's US broadcast, to register as a foreign agent. The American companies that work with the radio and online versions of the Russian government-funded radio network and website Sputnik were also required to register as foreign agents. Companies that register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, can continue broadcasting as they had been, but must submit regular updates and information related to the company's activities and disclose its registration as a foreign agent to its audience.

"The registration in fact has placed undue burden on multiple areas of RT operations, and pressure on our partners as well," RT spokeswoman and deputy editor in chief Anna Belkina told Bloomberg, which was first to report on the RT outage.

But Fred Thomas, president of MHz networks said in an interview that the decision had "absolutely nothing to do with the Justice Department."

"It's simply an odd coincidence of timing," he said, explaining that his company only leased the broadcast license to air RT and other foreign networks in the area. Last year the owner of those licenses auctioned off their spectrum -- part of the airwaves they use -- and as a result, MHz lost access.

Thomas said they tried to secure another license in the market but that "at the end of the day ... it just didn't make financial sense for us."

RT, which did not respond to CNN's request for comment, is still available on satellite network Dish and streams for free on RT.com.

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