Russian TV features Robot news presenter.

Russian state news channel Rossiya 24 has introduced a robot presenter for some of its bulletins.

‘Alex’ has already caused a stir, with some viewers complaining about his appearance and accusing him of peddling political propaganda.

The robot was developed by Promobot in the city of Perm. His silicon head is modelled on the face of the company’s co-founder Alexei Yuzhakov.

Production of the robot began in 2017 and should be fully complete later this year, according to Promobot.

It said Alex had cost more than one million roubles ($15,600; £12,000) to develop and that it had received orders for 12 more humanoids.

Alex has delivered a number of bulletins for the channel, presenting news items about agriculture, a nuclear technology forum and micro-finance.

Most observers think on-air Alex is a temporary stunt to inject some fun and promote innovative Russian technology in TV news.

“For the first time a robot appeared as a news presenter on TV channel Rossiya 24,” the channel said on its website.

“It is for TV viewers to decide how he performed. Could robots replace journalists?” it asked.

Reporting by Katherine Zeveleva and Karine Mirumyan, BBC Monitoring

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