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Novelties at Vatican TV
Vatican City, 29 June 2013: The Vatican Television Centre (CTV) celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. In a Vatican press conference on Thursday, the President of the Board of Directors of CTV, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, and director general, Msgr. Dario E. Viganò announced the addition of a new "master control room", capable of processing advanced digital signals, and the signing of an agreement with the Argentine TV "Canal 21".
CTV’s new "master control room" in the Vatican will sort incoming and outgoing digitized signals as "files." The project, begun in collaboration with Sony, offers clear advantages - said the director general of CTV - to exchange and archive images and sound in the digital format.
In view of these new operations, the valuable CTV archives, documenting the pontificates of Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, will be restored.
Meanwhile, the Argentine TV "Canal 21" has signed an accord with CTV for the acquisition of its archives documenting the activities of Cardinal Bergoglio for the period up to 13 March 2013 - the day of his election as Pope - for use in Italy and Europe. The agreement with "Canal 21", was greeted with satisfaction by Pope Francis, in a message read out to journalists by Msgr. Viganò:
"I will read what the Pope told us to communicate: 'I'm glad that the agreement has been struck between the Vatican Television Center and Canal 21' - remember that Canal 21 television is the diocesan television for Buenos Aires - 'it is a concrete measure to make known, in Italy and in Europe, the reality of the Church of Buenos Aires, which, thanks to the solidarity and cooperation of the people and of the Italian Church, can count on a diocesan Catholic television. The use of images helps to build bridges and (allows us) to understand the ways of being Church in various latitudes of the world; this in some way helps make us less like strangers and feeds communion (in the Church)."
Archbishop Celli noted that these novelties are just a few among many initiatives in this special anniversary year which will ramp up CTV’s production.
"We are approaching the 30th year of the Vatican Television Center: we will be celebrating it in October. In this context, we are trying to bring forward some initiatives that I think have a meaning and value all their own. "
Msgr. Viganò stressed these projects converge to form a unique perspective:
"The shoot, the audiovisual, is an important documentary source. While traditionally, the story was reconstructed from notes on paper, more and more, history is reconstructed in its complexity, in its events, from visual sources. "
Source: VR Eng