The Australian estimates that the Russian government is spending up to $2m a year in satellite & transmission fees and EPG listings to broadcast its state-owned channel.
Russia Today launched last week but the channel has previously come under fire for being a “propaganda instrument” of the Russian government.
Foxtel would not confirm financial arrangements and confirmed channel editorial was operated independently and would monitor it to ensure it complied with the subscription television code of conduct.
“As with all international news channels available on our service, Foxtel has no day-to-day editorial involvement in the news and stories that the channel broadcasts. We leave it for viewers to come to their own conclusions on the material that is broadcast, as we do for all of our news channels,” a spokesperson said.
Foxtel is part owned by News Corp, publisher of The Australian.