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Volume 7 No. 149
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José Mourinho Lands Lucrative Role With Russian B'caster RT

José Mourinho "landed a new job after signing a mega-money deal to return to work for controversial Russian broadcaster RT," according to Jordan Seward of the London DAILY MAIL. He will get "his own biweekly show -- titled 'On the Touchline with José Mourinho' -- which will focus on covering the Champions League." The inaugural episode will be shown after the round of 16 round matches on March 7. Mourinho worked with RT during the 2018 World Cup and earned £1.71M for just four days' work as a TV pundit. RT confirmed its hiring of Mourinho, who was in Russia discussing terms for his new show last week, by "posting a promotional video on social media on Monday morning." Mourinho, "after initially teasing he could be changing sports to ice hockey," said in the promo, "I'm going to talk about football on RT, what else did you think I was going to do?" RT’s reputation among Western audiences "has long been controversial, with the broadcaster accused of being part of the Kremlin propaganda machine." Despite mainstream politicians and pundits appearing on its channels in Britain, the U.S., and beyond, "a number of academics" have claimed its coverage distorted information on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mourinho "has built up an onscreen portfolio" since being dismissed by ManU, working as an analyst for beIN Sports, "helping drive their coverage of the Premier League and Asian Cup in Qatar last month," where he "reportedly bagged" £60,000 ($77,100) for his handful of appearances on the program (DAILY MAIL, 2/11).