Orange County Register article: Poster July 25, 2014
Garden Grove campus will house fifth studio for the Eternal World Television Network.
GARDEN GROVE – Christ Cathedral will be the site of the first West Coast broadcast studio for the largest religious media network in the world, with construction underway in the iconic Tower of Hope for the Eternal World Television Network.
EWTN, which transmits Catholic programming 24 hours a day available to 230 million-
The initial lease will last 10 years, said Michael P. Warsaw, the chairman of the board and CEO for the television network. The parties, though, have not yet settled on a price, though it should be “nominal,” said diocese spokesman Ryan Lilyengren.
“This is a great opportunity for us to have access to people and organizations on the West Coast,” Warsaw said. “As we learned about the diocese’s vision, it became evident that (Christ Cathedral) would be a great location.”
The eighth floor of the Tower of Hope, where EWTN will land – as well as most of the other floors inside the 13-
Architectural work on the floor would begin within a couple of weeks, Warsaw said, pending the city of Garden Grove’s approval. Construction should be completed by November, with production of shows starting before New Year’s Day.
The religious broadcaster, now in its 33rd year, has 11 distinct television networks and airs an array of programming: talk shows, cartoons, teaching series, live coverage of church events and documentaries.
EWTN, headquartered in Alabama, has three other studios: Washington, D.C.; Rome; and Cologne, Germany.
“The ability to broadcast is going to be a huge benefit to the church,” Lilyengren said. “The tower and the campus will become a center of Catholic thought.”
It is unclear what the broadcasting facility will cost.
But the diocese had already said it was investing $6.1 million to upgrade and modernize the entire tower – bringing it up to modern seismic regulations, complying with American With Disabilities Act standards and refurbishing the 13th-
In all, more than $50 million is being spent to upgrade Christ Cathedral’s 34 acres by 2016.
To find which channel EWTN is on in your area, go to ewtn.com and select the “channel finder tab.”
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