NATIONAL CATHOLIC TELEVISION PROJECT COMMITTEE ELECTS LEADERS FOR A KICK-START

The national Catholic television project committee met on 29th April, 2021 to hold a meeting to deliberate on issues and the progress of the project and also elect new leaders to steer the affairs of the project.


The meeting which was held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral saw other DEPSOCOM directors coming from various dioceses and some selected associations and societal reps within the church who form up the committee partake in the meeting.

Prior to the election which was the main business of the day, there were series of presentations from some key personalities to update the meeting of the progress of the project.

Among the personalities was the Group Director of Operations, Crystal TV / Mega-Choice Digital Network Prince Hari Crystal who delivered a presentation on the state of the technical partnership between Crystal TV and Lumen Christi TV.

He gave a brief introduction on how Crystal TV began and their achievements. He explained that their relationship between Lumen Christi started as far back as 2004 with the Catholic Digest TV programme running for 30 minutes on Saturdays and now the Lumen Christi TV package which runs for 4 hours on Sundays and finally the introduction of the daily Masses. Hence, the relationship spans over 20 years with bulk airtime provided on gratis till date.

On broadcast and transmission plan, he explained that Lumen Christi TV channel is to be carried on both digital terrestrial and satellite (DTH) via the Crystal TV / Mega-Choice Digital Network Platform.

Meaning, channel availability via Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) will be in the Greater Accra Region, Ashanti Region and the Western Region referred to as the Golden Triangle or the most economically viable TV Markets in Ghana. It will be accessible by viewers through the use of outdoor antenna connected to a DVB-T2 compatible digital TV set or a Combobox decoder (STB) for viewing on analogue TVs. While, Via Satellite Down-To-Home (DTH) channel availability will be within the sub-Saharan African footprint and later to cover the African continent. It will be accessible by viewers through the use of a parabolic dish antenna connected to a DVB-S2 compatible digital TV set or a Combobox decoder (STB) for viewing on analogue TVs.

With Content Aggregation & Playout he said Lumen Christi will provide the programmes under a content partnership arrangement (as an independent content production entity) and packaged as a 24-hour channel for broadcast by Crystal TV on its platform.

In conclusion he said that, it is hoped that when the Lumen Christi programme production department has acquired the necessary production equipment to enable them produce quality contents for broadcast into the Crystal TV NOC, the Lumen Christi TV channel broadcast will be activated. This he explained will be followed by the test transmission phase thus; Incremental Hours of Content broadcast until a full 24-hour clock-cycle is met.

With regards to the elections, Fr. Emmanuel Effah from the Kumasi Archdiocese was the moderator and was assisted by Rev Fr. Dieu Donne Davor the executive secretary of DEPSOCOM, National Catholic Secretariat.

The chairmanship position was won by Ing. Dr. Kenneth Ashigbey and Oheneyere Oteng-Boadu won the vice position. The secretary is Priscilla Menson and will be assisted by Pius Toboh. The P.R.O and the Financial Secretary position went to Robert Mawunyegah and Osei-Wusu Agyemang respectively.

The newly elected executives were urged to work within the shortest time frame in order to speed up the process of acquiring the National Catholic Television Channel.

 

Source: DEPSOCOM Accra/E.S.D

 

 

 

 

 

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