Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Collection Time

God Knows How They’ve Managed So Far

Vatican Radio is going commercial in July to meet rising costs. The voice of the Roman Catholic church is one of the world's oldest broadcasters, first going on the air in 1931. But the station now costs almost £19m a year to run. Known as the Voice of the Pope, it broadcasts worldwide by short, medium and long wave, by FM in Rome, and also on the internet.

FOOTNOTE: Divine inspiration.

9 comments:

Susan said...

I haven't heard it for such a long time--and it never did occur to me that it wasn't commercial already (everything else is!). Interesting bit of news David, thanks for passing it on!

Abe Lincoln said...

I wonder, sometimes, how any church can afford to broadcast -- the cost is like paying rent.

The Mormon Church used to broadcast the Mormon Tabernacle choir and their giant organ echoed across the country. I am not sure if they still do that or not.

Voices from the past > http://bing-it.blogspot.com/

Eddie Bluelights said...

It seems a great deal of money to keep the 'Service' going (forgive the pun). £19M a year!!! Surely, the Pope can cut his costs - who are all the hangers on and middle men and what on earth are the commercials going to be? The mind boggles! ~ Eddie

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Fascinating!!! And Eddie does indeed raise an interesting point...WHO will advertise? I'm going to be very interested to watch this story develop...

Shadow said...

no-one escapes technology

erin said...

interesting tidbit.
have a good day.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

I like it...a lot!!!

Ananda girl said...

Why not?

Rikkij said...

Maybe they should just add a bingo hour. ~rick