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RT meteor video sets new YouTube records

Russia Today’s (RT) footage of the Siberian meteor blast became the most watched video on YouTube, with 138 million views.

The blast, which hit Russia’s Chelyabinsk region on the morning of February 15, became the most watched video event of all time and the fastest video event ever to hit 100 million views, according to VideoMeasures, an online measurement company. More than 400 videos across several online platforms were tracked in this calculation.

RT’s montage of several eyewitness videos attracted a record-breaking 28+ million views in just five days on the news network’s YouTube channel.

The New York Times noted that “thanks to YouTube and sites like it, viewers around the world could see the meteor from dozens of angles,” particularly highlighting “the most-viewed of all the videos, uploaded by the cable channel Russia Today”.

RT is a global international news network that broadcasts in English, Arabic and Spanish from its studios in Moscow and Washington, DC, and is available to 630 million viewers worldwide.