Catholics will have a new option when it comes to getting news from a Catholic perspective.
The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will launch a half hour nightly television news program to be broadcastfrom a new studio located on Capitol Hill, across from CNN's D.C. bureau office, Tuesday evening.
The program will be called EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell.
The program will run live in the District of Columbia and public affairs through “a Catholic lens,” according to Michael Warsaw, the president of EWTN.
News veteran Colleen Carroll Campbell, a former George W. Bush White House speechwriter and journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will serve as the program's anchor. Prior to the program, Campbell provided live coverage of the recent papal conclave for EWTN.
David Kerr, a Scottish-born former BBC producer and former candidate of the Scottish National Party who ran for a seat in the British Parliament, has been tapped as executive producer.
EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world, providing a Catholic perspective of some 225 million homes in four languages in over 144 countries and territories, 24 hours a day; and let's not forget the estimated 75 million Catholics in America. It was founded in Alabama by Mother Angelica, a popular nun.
It is now in its 28th year and in that time has made the pro-life agenda a primary component of its programming for the 4,800 cable systems, wireless cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), low power TV, individual satellite users, and short wave radios that receives its message.
Their devotion to the pro-life message is so deep that Doug Keck, the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Michelle Johnson, the company's Director of Communication, were present at this year's National Right to Life’s 2013 annual convention in Dallas, Texas.
Having the studio in the Capitol Hill area was no accident. Keck has previously remarked that the program will highlight a Catholic perspective to the seat of political power in America, but reminds people that, "EWTN is a free and separate entity from the church. It’s a news program. It’s not a catechetical program."
Thad Miller, a Columbia Heights neighborhood resident, welcomes the new alternative.
"I'm not Catholic, but I don't see anything wrong with hearing news for a different perspective," he said.
Georgetown neighborhood resident Claudette Ngozi Muhammed is interested in seeing how the program will play out as well.
"I want to see what prospective, if any, they will bring to representing African-Catholics like myself," she said via email. "The Church has well over one billion members and so we aren't all going to see the world the same, but we all are going to stand behind the Vatican and the Pope. This new show has a chance to really make a mark for the world about what we Catholics believe, and inspire America's political leaders."
Having a presence in the nation's capital isn't something new for EWTN, since 2008 Raymond Arroyo has hosted The World Over Live, a weekly news show which will continue.
Interested viewers can catch Nightly News broadcast each weekday at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, re-airing on nightly at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and 2 a.m. Eastern Time. Also, EWTN radio will broadcast the program at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.
Reginald Johnson, the author of this post, is also Catholic.