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News Team 12 January 2015 4 136
News Team is not just a privileged view into how the news is made, but also provides unflinching insight into the personal lives of those who make it. After watching News Team, no RT broadcast will ever seem the same.
The series was independently filmed by Emmy-nominated Josh Silberman. Named Producer of the Year by the Producers’ Guild of America in 2011, Silberman has been a key figure on leading US shows Fear Factor, America’s Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars. He has also produced acclaimed extreme series Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers, but says News Team is the most “extreme, real and unpredictable” show he has ever been a part of.
It takes a mere five minutes for Aleksey Yaroshevsky to relay the latest news reports from the violent streets of Kiev to the news rooms of Moscow, sixty times the speed it took five years ago. Meanwhile, Margaret Howell takes a walk through Red Square, where she discusses the controversy surrounding the square's most famous resident, Vladimir Lenin. Egor Piskunov has left Paris for Geneva, where top Russian officials are taking part in a conference on Syria.
Peter Oliver and Aleksey Yaroshevsky report from Kiev, Ukraine, where a standoff between rioters and police has been going on for four days. Meanwhile, Margaret Howell has an urgent report to file from the doorstep of a Moscow school where a hostage situation is underway.
Lethal violence erupts between Ukraine's Maidan rioters and the government's Berkut security forces. RT's Aleksey Yaroshevsky is on the front lines, providing updates by the minute amid burned-out buses and flaming tyres. Meanwhile, in Paris, Egor Piskunov heads to the residency of the Russian ambassador where the foreign minister will meet with delegations from the Middle East in the run-up to a conference on the future of Syria.
A naval bombardment kills four children on a beach in Gaza, right next to Harry Fear's hotel. He interviews eye-witnesses in an attempt to find out how this tragedy could have happened. On the other side of the conflict, in Tel Aviv, Paula Slier watches on as Hamas shells explode overhead to the sound of sirens.
Maria Finoshina returns to Syria where war has raged for four years. On her way to Aleppo, the closest city to the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, she stops in a small Christian village, hit hard by zealous militants. Meanwhile, Roman Kosarev monitors sick children being evacuated to Moscow from Eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk.
Roman Kosarev remains in Ukraine where he attends more press-conferences dedicated to the Boeing 777 crash and attempts to interview the head of the OSCE commission about his work on the case. Back in Moscow, RT Spanish correspondent Bricio Segovia gives us a tour of his workplace.
As Peter Oliver continues to report from the scene of violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police in Ukraine, he manages to get closer to the blazing barricades made of tyres and burnt-out cars. Meanwhile, Paula Slier covers a pro-government protest in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
Harry Fear is heading to the Middle Gaza District when his driver suddenly gets news that his house has been destroyed by Israeli shells. Meanwhile at the Russian-Ukrainian border, Maria Finoshina learns about hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers who have crossed into Russia, and goes to interview them.
Some of the biggest news stories around the world. In News Team, an award-winning documentary crew traverses the globe, keeping up with the channel’s leading reporters as they cover the stand-off in Ukraine, the war in Syria, and the machinations in the EU’s corridors of power