Three years after he left CNN, Larry King will be back on the TV dial in more than 100 countries.
The former CNN host’s weekly political talkshow, “Politicking with Larry King,” will be carried worldwide by RT, a network funded by the Russian government. RT cut an expanded distribution deal with Ora TV, backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helú, which produces both “Politicking” and general-interest talker “Larry King Now,” both of which are available on Hulu and Ora.tv.
Half-hour “Politicking with Larry King” launched in June on the RT America channel. Now the show will be broadcast in Spanish and Arabic on RT’s Rusiya Al-Yaum and RT en Español channels, respectively. “Politicking” will also be available online internationally at RT.com and on RT’s YouTube channel.
All told, “Politicking with Larry King” will be available to some 600 million TV viewers globally, or approximately 30% of all pay-television subscribers around the world, according to Ora TV. In the U.S., RT America is available to around 45 million households in certain markets through Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Verizon FiOS TV.
“I’m trying to take over the world,” joked King, 79. “I thought I could retire, but in essence I’m on the Internet and television… I love working. I love doing what I do. I thought I wouldn’t miss it, but I do.”
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Upcoming guests on “Politicking” are slated to include Bill Clinton, he said. Previous guests have included former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, ex-L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former GOP chairman Michael Steele. “Politicking” is taped in RT’s studios in Washington D.C., New York City and around the world, as well as in Ora TV’s studios in L.A.
“Larry King Now,” launched in July 2012, now has more than 2 million monthly viewers, according to Ora TV CEO Jon Housman. “All along we knew we were producing a show that could be watched everywhere, including television,” Housman said.
Under expanded pact with Ora TV, RT in addition to “Politicking” will also carry season two of “Larry King Now” in Russia, and in the countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
Ora TV is funded by América Móvil, the leading Latin American wireless service provider, with a majority interest held by Carlos Slim. Currently the company employs about 25 people between “Larry King Now” and “Politicking.”