Vatican Television Center
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|Founded||by Pope John Paul II|
|Key people||Dario Edoardo Viganò, Director|
|Official website||Official site|
History of the channel
The main services that it offers are live broadcasts, daily help to others media, creation of television programs and archives stock control.
Board of directors
- Archives director. John Patrick Foley : 1984 – 1989
- Dr Emilio Rossi : 1989 - 2008
- Claudio Maria Celli : since 26 May 2009
- General directors
- Mgr Giovanni Marra : 1984 – 7 June 1986
- Mgr Ugo Moretto : May 1997 – June 2001
- P. Federico Lombardi, S.I. : 11 July 2001 - 22 January 2013
- Mgr Dario Edoardo Viganò : since 22 January 2013
- Administrative secretaries
- Dr Antonio Mandelli : 1988 – 2001
- Dr Roberto Romolo : since 2001
Programs are mainly based on what happens in the Vatican. Daily prayers such as Angelus, general audiences on Wednesdays and various celebrations are broadcast. The Pope’s travels around the world are also broadcast. Each year, VTC broadcasts around 130 events in the Vatican and covers daily public activities of the holy Pope and his main activities outside the Vatican.
- Octava Dies : is a weekly magazine of 25 minutes broadcast in the entire world since Easter 1998. It is also broadcast by Italian Catholic television channels and by press agencies such as APTN. It is available in English and Italian on the Vatican’s website (broadcast every Sunday at 12:30 after the Angelus).
Live broadcasts are made on the Vatican’s website and by other Italian catholic television channels such as Telepace or TV2000, and foreign television channels such as KTO. If asked VTC also gives images to other television channels for events in the Vatican or during Pope’s visits all around the world. In Vatican, it can offer assistance setting up press center and press conference but also with services of special reporters and video and audio help for foreign television channels.
VTC produced many documentaries during the reigns of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. It made documentaries on the lives of Pope, on the Vatican City and on the main churches of Catholicism. They were broadcast in English, Spanish, French and in other languages.
VTC owns a library of more than 10.000 recordings, that means 4.000 hours of recordings and images of Pope John Paul II’s reign since 1984. This library is open to foreign television channels and to documentary producers from all around the world. The secretary of VTC is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m to 1 p.m.
- Official site
- Live VTC from the Internet - Format MPEG-4
- Live VTC from the Internet - Format H.264
- Vatican news services official page