Good News TV

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Good News TV started as a showcase produced by a small team in a studio in Karachi, Pakistan. It is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to use modern media as a tool to connect people to their faith. It is supported by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi. Good News TV offers bilingual programming in Urdu [National Language] and English. The network's programming focuses mainly on the areas of prayer, devotion, and meditation, liturgy and faith, catecheses and growth in the Catholic Faith according to the Magisterium of the Church. Father Arthur Charles is the CEO of Good News TV.[1]

Good News TV is run by a staff of five, including Father Charles, at the Catechetical Centre, Karachi. Part of the center has been converted to a studio with two secondhand computers.[2]

The Archdiocese has been encouraged in this work by Pope Benedict XVI's message for the World Day of Social Communications, wherein he affirms that “digital technologies are a gift for humanity that can be useful for spreading solidarity and understanding among people and populations".[3]

The Archdiocese of Karachi has launched the first Catholic satellite television network in the country. The broadcast will be aired nationally, as well as in other parts of Asia, Africa, Oceania and Europe seven days a week, 24 hours a day and will feature a modern format with an open dialogue focused on the message of Jesus Christ in the 21st Century, especially as it is lived in today’s world. The Channel will also include human interest stories and inspirational themes, shows offering counselling and guidance, educational programmes and more. The Channel commenced its test transmission on the Eve of Christmas.[4]

Sepecifications[edit]

  • Thaicom 5
  • Frequency 03960 mhrz
  • Fec 5/6
  • Symbol rate 30000 msps
  • Polarization V

Good News TV closed in early 2011 after running into financial difficulties. The CEO reported receiving some advertising but finances continued to be a problem ultimately leading to its closing down. Lahore-based Catholic TV now remains the only Church run TV channel in the country.[5]

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