VOA Broadcasting in Russian
Denied direct distribution and program placement on Russia’s media outlets, VOA Russian employs a digital-first strategy that is complemented by increased programming on television, the dominant media platform among Russian speakers, to inform, engage and connect the information-deprived Russian audiences across desktop, mobile and social platforms. The multimedia content of the service’s 24/7 Russian-language television and digital news network includes video streaming, social media native products, expert blogs and user-generated content and feedback that gives alternative viewpoints on important events in the United States and the target area not presented by Russian-controlled TV.
Established: February 1947
Target Area: The Russian Federation, as well as the Russian-speaking population of former Soviet republics and globally
Weekly Audience: 3.1 percent
Programming: 12.5 Broadcast hours per week
Programs and additional
Mobile / Tablet Applications:
iOS - bit.ly/VOAios
VOA+ Streaming App
Programs and Features
Current Time America – A one-hour, live daily television newscast providing U.S. and international news for the Russian-speaking population globally. The program features live correspondent reports, interviews with newsmakers, updates from Wall Street and the New York business world, as well as the latest in science and technology, medicine and entertainment news. A stringer network across the United States provides news and feature programming in major American cities. “Current Time America” is distributed via top TV distributors in the region.
Current Time Itogi – A weekly (Saturday) 30-minute analytical television magazine featuring alternative viewpoints on important events in the United States and in the target area not available in Russia’s state-controlled media. The program provides a “reality check” on various political, economic, social, and cultural issues.
Current Time Detali – A weekly 30-minute science and technology magazine that expands on headlines in the area of space exploration, tech innovations, and breakthroughs in science and medicine. It is part of the Current Time Channel’s Saturday primetime lineup.
New York, New York – A weekly 30-minute magazine program produced by the VOA Russian team in the Big Apple. The fast-paced program showcases the heart and soul of New York, taking viewers out of the studio and onto the streets of the city that never sleeps. The show features New Yorkers and their way of life, and iconic New York spots, explaining their historic significance and the importance of the locales today. It is distributed via the Current Time Channel, social media, and video-sharing sites.
America Live (live streaming on the web & social media platforms) – Unfiltered coverage of
events in America that focuses primarily on U.S. policy issues and U.S.-Russian relations.
America Live features simultaneously translated presidential addresses, major policy pronouncements, speeches, debates and congressional hearings.
Our American Story – In its second season, this documentary series features Russian-speaking
immigrants who have come to America and succeeded in a variety of business endeavors and
professional occupations. This season showcases a Ukrainian firefighter who has made her
home in Colorado; a successful plus size, body positive model in New York and a transgender
individual who is trying to break into modeling and acting in Los Angeles. It is a 26-episode
series distributed via the Current Time Channel, social media, and video-sharing sites.
Great American Road Trip –The VOA Russian service will debut the second season of this
travel series. The first season debuted in 2018 and explored the character of different American
states and cities through stories about their people, history, culture, and food. The series of 24-
minute episodes showcases the uniqueness of each place and aims at breaking down
stereotypes about American society. VOA Russian journalists take viewers beyond major tourist
routes and destinations and introduce them to people who best represent the American
character – self-made problem-solvers, innovators, thinkers, and role models. It is distributed via the Current Time Channel, social media, and video-sharing sites.
Digital First Products for Social Media Distribution:
U.S. News in a Minute – A digital-first, subtitled video product that provides quick daily updates
on the latest U.S. news.
Distance – A weekly talk show with experts discussing recent U.S. and international news and latest developments.
Endangered Species – Ksenia Turkova hosts a regular social media live program called "Endangered Species" where she interviews members of the media who are under attack for their label as a "foreign agent" or because as part of their investigations, their lives were in danger.
Она (She) – A weekly digital program that airs on Wednesdays in Current Time featuring inspiring women who are making an impact on society in a variety of ways. Groundbreakers in different fields, they are leaders in their communities who make a positive difference through their work, hobbies or service.
A Woman’s Voice – Revamping the live SHE discussion program, VOA Russian has launched this Facebook live program that will air several times a month on Thursdays and will cover women in the news as well as issues that impact women. The show will feature discussions with political scientists, sociologists, culturologists, psychologists, among other experts.
Discussion VOA – When there's major news, Rafael Saakov hosts this live interactive 30-minute talk show featuring a host, experts, and participating audience discussing the weekend's major news developments.