WASHINGTON, January 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Progressive political journalist Ed Schultz is joining the network, beginning January 25, 2016, to host a prime-time news program at 8pm EST on weekdays. On his new show Schultz will focus on exploring issues that most affect "working Americans", particularly within the context of the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
"Ed Schultz is one of the best-known and well-respected progressive commentators in America," commented Margarita Simonyan, RT's editor in chief. "With Ed helming a show, we are continuing the tradition of collaborating with top international journalistic talent that engages our audience by providing in-depth coverage, analysis and commentary on important but underreported issues to millions of U.S. viewers."
"I am very excited to be joining RT," said Ed Schultz. "The network is firmly established outside of U.S. corporate media and is not afraid to give a platform to diverse voices, stories and perspectives to its viewers, even if it ruffles some mainstream feathers. I can't think of a better fit than a news broadcaster who bullishly pursues issues that matter to hard-working Americans," he added.
Schultz' broadcasting career spans more than two decades. Until recently he hosted "The Ed Show" on MSNBC; the program was consistently the second-highest rated show on the channel. Schultz has won three Eric Sevareid Awards, managed a broadcast team that won two Marconi Radio Awards and a Peabody Award, and has been named one of the top 10 radio hosts in the country by Talkers Magazine for several years. He will work out of the RT America studios in Washington, DC.
Schultz is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he led the nation in passing and achieved All-American status as a quarterback at MSUM.
RT is a global TV news network that broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic and Spanish from its studios in Moscow, Washington DC, and London. It is available to 700 million viewers worldwide. RT is the most watched TV news network on YouTube with more than 3 billion views. RT America is the proud home of political shows including "Politicking with Larry King", "The Big Picture" with Thom Hartmann and "Off The Grid" with former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura. The financial show, "Boom Bust" with Ameera David and Ed Harrison breaks through the mainstream headlines and navigates the complex stories that matter most. "Watching the Hawks" with Sean Stone, Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace, along with sharp shooting political satirist Lee Camp, with "Redacted Tonight" team provide an alternative view to mainstream media.