Julian Assange's new talk show will air on Russian TV
Julian Assange, the founder of the controversial WikiLeaks website, announced on Sunday that he was moving even further into the spotlight as host of a TV talk show. "The World Tomorrow" will feature conversations with "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world," he said.
With Assange aspiring to be a mix of Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Levin (with lots more state secrets), the only question seemed to be, what channel would air such a talk show?
The answer: Russian TV. The English-language channel RT, founded by the Kremlin in 2005, will be carrying the new show starting in March.
In the original news release, sent out before the deal with RT was announced, Assange said the series would be 10 half-hour interviews airing weekly.
"Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it. Are we heading towards utopia, or dystopia and how we can set our paths?" Assange said.
RT is broadcast around the world and is available to 430 million people. It also broadcasts in Spanish and Arabic. Unsurprisingly, it frequently takes a critical stance toward U.S. policy.
There's no word yet on what kind of guests Assange has lined up, but he won't have to travel far to produce it. The show will be shot at the location of Assange's house arrest in England, where he's fighting extradition to Sweden on allegations of rape and molestation.
-- Patrick Day
Photo: Julian Assange. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press