I don't get RT, but i thought he was just using their studio space - I get his shows (the Radio show and The Big Pic) on Free Speech TV. I don't know that he's ON RT, as well.
Mostly right. Looks like he does insist on editorial independence - probably a good thing.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Pi ... m_Hartmann
Over the next few years, more community TV stations and cable systems picked it up, and Hartmann moved to Washington, DC, taking both his radio show and The Big Picture with him. With that move, he expanded the show to an hour, and also licensed the show to RT, partially in exchange for use of their television studios and facilities. While the show carries the RT bug, it is entirely owned by Hartmann's company, which has contractual editorial control over the program. The editorial staff of the show are employees of Hartmann's company, while the TV production staff work for RT.The show is now recorded and broadcast live by RT America, the Washington, D.C.-based affiliate of RT with a presence on both over-the-air and cable TV systems in many major American cities
, and also syndicated by Free Speech TV and carried nationwide on both Dish Network channel 9415, DirecTV Channel 348, and on local Public-access television stations across the country. From January 17, 2012 RT's international English-language channel started to broadcast it worldwide in over 100 countries.
[snip]Until September 2011, RT personality Lucy Kafanov filled in for Hartmann when he was unavailable for broadcast.
I still wouldn't want to be associated with the network, in any case.