A survey carried out by the Nielsen Company revealed that RT, formerly Russia Today, was the most popular foreign TV channel in five key US urban markets in 2011. The survey was carried out in Washington DC, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The channel’s American audience has more than doubled over the past year, making RT the most-watched foreign TV channel in those cities. Margarita Sminonyan, the RT’s editor-in-chief, said the channel is winning over US viewers by providing an alternative to the mainstream media. The RT website noted, “With a global reach of over 430 million people, or 22 percent of all cable subscribers worldwide, RT news covers the major issues of our time for viewers wishing to question more”.
4 June 2012
Even before they arrived in Baku, the “Buranovskie Babushki” aroused interest amongst the fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. However, after the first rehearsal, when journalists saw the live performance of the Russian group, the excitement increased. It’s traditional for the journalists to take an informal poll amongst themselves daily at the press centre, in the latest vote, Russia ranked first. Not only the sheer numbers testify to the favourite… the journalists like to hum the Babushki’s song Party for Everybody, and many use it as their ring tone.
Meanwhile, according to their spokesman, Svetlana Syrygina, the Babas did a commercial for soft drinks for TV, in order to earn money to build a church in their native village. Syrygina said, “The ad with the Buranovskie Babushki will air during May and June, the TV will carry it during the contest. Besides that, the Babushki will appear on the bottle label, with a number given so that people can make a call to vote for them”. The Babas did the commercial in late April, shortly before they went to Baku for the ESC finals. The video is funny and a bit self-deprecating… the Babas ride around in a limo, act as DJs, and dance with actors in chicken suits to their hit Party for Everybody. Syrygina said that they wouldn’t publicise the fee for the ad, but that all the money earned from it will go to help build a church in their home village of Buranovo. The Buranovskie Babushki emphasise strongly that the only reason that they perform on stage and participate in contests is so they can help their local parish.
15 May 2012
Voice of Russia World Service
Palestinian Christians in Catholic church in Zababdeh PALESTINE
I received the following from a friend:
For those interested in history, Orthodoxy, Christianity, the Holy Land, Arab issues (and much more) this should be a good telecast. Disclaimer: I haven’t seen it yet, but if Maria Khoury’s remotely involved it won’t be boring.
For those without US TV, or with scheduling conflicts, you can watch the episode at:
He is not here; for He is Risen, as He said, Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Gospel according to St Matthew 28.6
Dear Friends of St George, in Taybeh PALESTINE:
Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!
60 Minutes came last May to film where the Lord lay. My nephew Canaan Khoury (Harvard 2013), was interviewed for this program and many prominent Palestinians. I’ve helped extensively with the background information and wanted to share the following message from the producers.
At last, the time has come… the story about the shrinking population of the Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land will be broadcast on 60 Minutes this Sunday, 22 April 2012 at 19.00 EDT (16.00 PDT 00.00 23 April UTC 03.00 MSK) . For those of you who don’t have access to CBS News in your area, you can watch the story on our website at:
The story will be available on Sunday evening after it airs on TV. There’ll also be an added feature on our online program called 60 Minutes Overtime at:
You’ll be able to view a story on Taybeh, also on Sunday evening. Please forward this e-mail to those you feel should be informed of this. We also wanted to thank each and every person who helped us in telling this very complicated story. Though you may not have made it into the piece, you all played a significant role in the story.
Harry A Radliffe II