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    » 01/08/2010, 00.00

    PAKISTAN

    Karachi: Good News TV, the first Catholic channel in Pakistan goes to air

    Fareed Khan

    On schedule daily Mass, rosaries, but also information, news and entertainment. Archbishop of Karachi, a historic day for the Catholic Church in Pakistan. The channel, cable and satellite, visible in Asia, Africa, Oceania and Europe.

    Karachi (AsiaNews) - With the first pilot programs at Christmas, the first Catholic Pakistani satellite TV began broadcasting. On the day of celebration, the channel "in clear" based in Karachi spread the message of Christmas greetings to the Catholic, Muslim and Protestant faithful. Presiding over the inauguration ceremony of Mgr. Evaristo Pinto, archbishop of the diocese, who blessed Good News TV and its offices.  

    A simple ceremony in the production centre in Karachi, marked the start of work. Archbishop Pinto called the launch of Catholic TV "a historic day for the Catholic Church in Pakistan." "Television - adds the prelate - will truly herald the Good News, it will be a source of harmony and a bridge to shorten distances between people". Concurrently, a group of Muslims and Protestants have sent a congratulatory message, hoping that it "will bring a positive change in society."  

    Fr. Charles Arthur, director of the channel, hopes that Good News will become "the most watched channel in the country." The schedules provided for daily Mass, the recitation of the Rosary, programs on the lives of saints, information, current affairs and education, along with the music, entertainment and comedy-drama.  

    The stated aim is "to transform the information landscape of Pakistan", through "high quality" programs “designed for the public". It has a team of experienced reporters and television presenters which adds Fr. Charles, "will be able to make a difference" compared to what other channels offer the country.  

    Owned by the Archdiocese of Karachi, who also edit The Christian Voice and Agah, the Catholic network is led by Fr. Charles, who holds the post of director general. Good News TV with cable or satellite is visible, not only throughout Asia but also in Africa, Oceania and Europe.

     

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