CNN veteran Larry King follows Julian Assange with show on Kremlin-funded RT
MOSCOW - Reuters
A file picture taken on April 13, 2013, shows US television presenter Larry King arriving at the 17th annual Keep Memory Alive 'Power of Love Gala' benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health celebrating the 80th birthdays of Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine in Las Vegas. AFP photoCNN veteran Larry King will host a new show on Kremlin-funded TV station Russia Today next month, RT said on May 29.
The English-language station, beamed to 630 million viewers worldwide, said it would launch "Politics with Larry King" in June.
Russia Today - considered a Kremlin exercise in image enhancement by critics - received 11 billion roubles ($349 million) from the state this year. It signed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange last year to host his own talk show.
The show will be produced by Ora TV, an online broadcaster founded by King and Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim last year, and recorded in RT America's Washington, DC, studio and Ora TV's Los Angeles studio.
RT said it also signed a deal to air the online talk show "Larry King Now", which has been hosted by web broadcasters Hulu.com and Ora.tv since last July. The U.S. branch will be the exclusive broadcaster for both programmes, it said.
"Whether a president or an activist or a rock star was sitting across from him, Larry King never shied away from asking the tough questions, which makes him a terrific fit for our network," said RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan. RT and Ora TV declined to comment on King's salary in the deal.
King, 79, ended a 25-year run as the host of "Larry King Live" on CNN in 2010. He had interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin several times over his 13-year rule.
RT also made headlines in 2011 when U.S. airports refused to put up one of its controversial advertisements. The billboards comparing U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a tagline asking, "Who poses the greater nuclear threat?" did appear at airports