News reality show to follow TV reporters

2014-04-10 07:00
Cape Town – A new news reality show, which started on Wednesday on Russia Today (DStv 407), called News Team, will be following several of the 24-hour TV news channel's reporters – including the two South Africans who work for RT – Paula Slier and Thabang Motsei.

News Team which will be shown on Wednesdays at 12:30 (South African time) on Russia Today (RT) for the next 22 weeks, will have repeats on Thursdays and Saturdays. According to RT News Team offers "an unprecedented glimpse into the world of field journalists".

The docu reality show was produced by Josh Silberman who says he developed an interest in doing a TV show about news correspondents "because it doesn't get any more real, unpredictable or exciting than news, especially in a war zone".

"Rather than being a series about television or news, it's a TV show about people – people who risk their lives to tell the world about what is happening outside of their living rooms".

News Team which is shot in a documentary reality series format, follows South Africa's Thabang Motsei and Paula Slier, the Englishman Peter Oliver, as well as the Russians Maria Finoshina, Egor Piskunov and Alexey Yaroshevsky as RT reporters.

Viewers will see Paula Slier ending up in a gas attack in the West Bank for instance.

Since Russia's military invasion of the Ukraine's Crimea peninsula last month, the Kremlin-based TV news channel came under criticism for its slanted and propaganda fuelled news delivery style which went into overdrive.

That has dented not only RT's reputation but especially the credibility of Thabang Motsei who, as an RT anchor, started reading heavily biased news reports, making for unintentionally hilarious viewing harking back to Cold War era type propaganda.


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