United States Agency for Global Media

New Leadership At Current Time TV

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) announces the appointment of Pavel Butorin as Acting Director of Current Time, the 24/7 TV and digital network for Russian-speakers led by RFE/RL in cooperation with Voice of America.

Butorin has been with RFE/RL since 2001, first as an audio-video producer for the Central News and Multimedia teams, then as Senior Producer and Managing Editor for Current Time TV since the project’s inception as a 30-minute television news program in 2014. As managing editor, Butorin has been instrumental in Current Time’s rapid growth and transformation, in February 2017, into a successful 24/7 television channel. A graduate of Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University who has also earned a Master’s degree in Mass Communications from Ohio University, Butorin worked in web development and communications in Russia, the U.S., and the Czech Republic prior to joining RFE/RL.

With his appointment as acting director of Current Time, Butorin replaces Daisy Sindelar, who was appointed Acting President of RFE/RL, Inc., effective December 7.

About Current Time
Current Time (known in Russian as “Настоящее Время”), is the 24/7 video and digital network led by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in cooperation with Voice of America (VOA). Current Time provides Russian speakers worldwide an alternative to Kremlin-controlled media. Offering live news, robust debate, accurate and balanced reporting and one of the largest collections of timely, important documentary films in the Russian language, the Current Time channel is available in 20 countries via local distributors and worldwide on OTT and satellite platforms. On social media, Current Time has enjoyed phenomenal growth since its launch, with more than 500 million combined views on social networks in 2018, 800,000 fans on Facebook, 500,000 subscribers on YouTube, and nearly 200,000 followers on the Russian-language VKontakte network.

About RFE/RL

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty is a private, independent international news organization whose programs — radio, Internet, television, and mobile — reach influential audiences in 23 countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the BBG.

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