The Washington Times - May 29, 2013, 08:17AM

The next stop for veteran newsman Larry King is RT - the Russia-based, 24/7 cable channel - which will air a pair of political talk show produced by ORA TV, and broadcast from RT-affiliated studios in Los Angeles and the nation’s capitol.

“I have always been passionate about government and issues that impact the public, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to talk politics with some of the most influential people in Washington and around the country,” Mr. King says.

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He’s now 79 and has been in the business 56 years, conducting more than 50,000 interviews. In 2012, he moderated a third party presidential debate between Libertarian and independent hopefuls.

“I have interviewed every US president since Nixon, and lest people forget, I helped usher Ross Perot into the national conversation during the 1992 presidential contest. I appreciate the importance of providing a platform to those with real alternative visions for our country’s future,” Mr. King notes.

RT will air “Politics with Larry King” and “Larry King Now” beginning in June. The network noted that Mr. King will continue to sport “his trademark suspenders worn through his 25 years on CNN” and is not “afraid to show a more opinionated and frank side,.”

“Whether a president or an activist or a rock star was sitting across from him, Larry King never shied away from asking the tough questions, which makes him a terrific fit for our network,” says RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan.