Vatican TV is the national broadcaster of the state of Vatican City. Vatican Central Television was first aired in 1983. The channel is transmitting only during some parts of the day when there is activity in the Vatican City.
Programs are mainly based on what happens in the Vatican. Daily prayers such as Angelus, general audiences on Wednesdays, and various celebrations are broadcast. The Pope’s travels around the world are also broadcast. Each year, CTV broadcasts around 130 events in the Vatican and covers daily public activities of the Pope and his main activities outside the Vatican.
Octava Dies is a weekly magazine of 25 minutes broadcast in the entire world since Easter 1998. It is also broadcast by Italian Catholic television channels and by press agencies such as APTN. It is available in English and Italian on the Vatican’s website (broadcast every Sunday at 12:30 after the Angelus).
Broadcast (Vatican Television Center)
Live broadcasts are made on the Vatican’s website and by other Italian catholic television channels such as Telepace or TV2000, and foreign television channels such as KTO. The Vatican does not have its own television station. If asked Vatican Media also gives images to other television channels for events in the Vatican or during the Pope’s visits around the world. In the Vatican, it can offer assistance setting up press centers and press conferences, and also with services for special reporters and video and audio help for foreign television channels. “It conducts around 130 live broadcasts per annum, produces documentaries, creates a weekly magazine program called Octava Dies that is distributed internationally, and serves as an archival facility for all of its footage. On Sundays the station uses Intelsat to broadcast the pope’s Angelus to the United States.”
Vatican Media produced many documentaries during the reigns of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. It made documentaries on the lives of the popes, on the Vatican City, and on the main churches of Catholicism. They were broadcast in English, Spanish, French, and other languages.
Vatican Media owns a library of more than 10.000 recordings, amounting to 4.000 hours of recordings and images of Pope John Paul II’s pontificate since 1984. This library is open to foreign television channels and to documentary producers from throughout the world. The Vatican Media Center is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m to 1 p.m.