Larry King is going to the Russian-owned news channel RT.
The Russian owned channel announced today that King, who is a cable news veteran, is bringing his online show Larry King Now to the network. He is also launching a new politics show.
In the video below, he uses a thriller type scenario backdrop of music in which he dramtically anounces his move with a lot of pre-emptive fanfare.
King announces to his viewers that, “I would rather ask questions to people in positions of power instead of speaking on their behalf. That’s why you can find my show, Larry King Now, right here on RT. Question more.”
The news veteren has worked for the Russian channel RT before, when he moderated a third-party presidential debate for RT during the 2012 election. The Russian network has stressed that Mr King’s shows will not “not shy away from causing controversy, or using his authority to give a chance to hear voices other media ignore.”
King spent 25 years at CNN before a much publicised angry and bitter departure from the network in 2010. He then joined Ora.tv, where he began hosting Larry King Now.
Larry King began his news career as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 60s and he went on to become a prominent all-night national radio broadcaster beginning in 1978. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly television program, Larry King Live on CNN.
It will be interesting to see how long Larry King actually stays on the new network after going “Russian” and joining RT. He has already had a long and active career in the mainstream news world.
King also wrote a regular column in the newspaper USA Today for almost 20 years. Starting just after the newspaper originated until September 2001. His column consisted of short “plugs, superlatives and dropped names” but he himself was dropped when the newspaper redesigned its “Life” section.
The journalist then started writing his column in blog form in November 2008 and he has an active Twitter account that he opened in April 2009.
Larry King has a direct, non-confrontational approach style of interviewing. He has a reputation for asking easy, open-ended questions that has made him popular with “important” figures who want to share their position while avoiding being challenged on controversial or contentious topics.
He is known for being frank with touches of irreverent humour in his interviews and this style attracts guests who would not normally engage in the interview process. Mr King is also well known for his general lack of pre-interview preparation. He once claimed that he never read the books of authors before they made their appearances on his program.
Throughout his long career Larry King has interviewed some of the most famous, and infamous, figures in the world.
Mr King has been active in several charities during his career and as a result of his poor heath brought about by a series of heart attacks, he established the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, an organisation that David Letterman, via his American Foundation for Courtesy and Grooming, has also contributed.
He gave one million dollars to George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs for scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and he serves as a member of the Board of Directors on the Police Athletic League of New York City, a nonprofit youth development agency serving inner-city children and teenagers.
The latest news that Larry King is going to Russian Network RT as announced in the video, is just the latest move of a man who has helped “redefine” the news’ interview process.
By Michael Smith