WASHINGTON -- 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 worked with RFE/RL Central News and Multimedia teams since 2001, becoming Senior Producer and Managing Editor for Current Time TV during the project’s inception in 2014. In this latter role, Butorin was instrumental in managing Current Time’s rapid growth, and its transformation in February 2017 into an innovative and high-impact 24/7 television channel. A graduate of Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University with a Master’s degree in Mass Communications from Ohio University, Butorin brings expertise in platform development and communications in Russia, the U.S., and the Czech Republic to his new position.
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). Launched as a full-fledged channel in February 2017, Current Time provides Russian speakers worldwide a fresh alternative to Kremlin-controlled media. Offering live news, robust debate, 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.
RFE/RL relies on its networks of local reporters to provide accurate news and information to 34 million people in 25 languages and 20 countries where media freedom is restricted, or where a professional press has not fully developed. RFE/RL recorded 2.6 billion combined views across Facebook, YouTube and Instagram in FY2018. RFE/RL is an editorially independent media company funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media.