Kremlin-Funded RT America Shuts Down, Lays Off Most of Its Staff, reports The Daily Beast.
T & R Productions, the company that handles operations for the Kremlin-funded network RT America, has laid off most of its staff and shuttered production of the network, according to a company-wide memo reviewed by The Daily Beast.
In an all-hands meeting on Thursday, general manager Misha Solodovnikov informed staffers that the company was “ceasing production” across all of the network’s locations due to “unforeseen business interruption events.” The layoffs were effective immediately.
Solodovnikov also said that the “layoff will be permanent” and will “result in the permanent separation from employment of most T&R employees” at the network. In effect, the mass layoffs have resulted in the end of RT America, which went dark this week. Throughout the day on Thursday, the channel has been streaming the Russia-based RT network’s feed.
Former RT America host Holland Cooke was the first to break the news in a column for Talkers Magazine. Cooke, a Talkers columnist, had been hosting a weekly show for the network titled The Big Picture for the Moscow-backed network since 2017. CNN also reported on the company memo on Thursday.