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14th June 2005

Tuesday, June 14, 2005  

The Catholic Church in Scotland has hailed the launch of Catholic TV  
network EWTN on the SKY satellite as "a massive step forward for  
religious broadcasting in Britain."  

Chairman of the Bishops' Conference Communications Commission, Ronnie  
Convery, said the new agreement with SKY would dramatically improve the  
quality of viewing on offer to subscribers.  

He said: "The announcement that EWTN, the Global Catholic Network is  
to broadcast on the Sky satellite is perhaps the biggest step forward in  
religious broadcasting in Britain in our lifetimes.  

"Even in the so-called glory days of religious broadcasting in the  
1960s, the Catholic community could have, at best, hoped for one or two  
broadcast Masses per month. Now many Catholics will be able to watch  
Mass every day. In addition, they will have access to all the  
activities of the Holy Father in Rome and round the world.  

"So often we lament that the mainstream broadcasters do not cover  
such important events as World Youth Day or Midnight Mass from St  
Peter's. No longer is that the case. All such events will now be  
available live, as they happen, with English language commentary to  

"In addition the network offers a vast array of impressive Catholic  
content * everything from youth chat shows to lives of the saints;  
from children's programming to informative broadcasts from some of the  
great Catholic writers of our day.  

"Although EWTN began as an American station, it has internationalised  
a lot in recent years. Our own Archbishop Conti of Glasgow has  
presented a series on the scriptures of Advent; Lord Alton is a regular  
contributor, as are many of the leading figures in Catholic life in the  

EWTN, the Global Catholic Network, has its television service on SKY  
Guide number 680. The availability of the Network on SKY's  
direct-to-home satellite platform makes EWTN's television programming  
accessible to more than 7.8 million SKY subscribers, representing a  
sizable leap in the number of EWTN viewers in the United Kingdom and  
Ireland who already receive the EWTN television service. It also  
completes EWTN's presence on digital satellite, where the Network's  
radio service has already been on SKY Guide 897 for some years. The  
channel is also available to non-subscribers on SKY's FreeSat service,  
which offers approximately 115 free-to-air channels at no monthly  
subscription cost, with the purchase of satellite equipment.  


Peter Kearney  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  

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