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Pope's Archive Footage: Agreement between the Vatican and Argentinian Channel

2013-06-27

When Pope Francis was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he supported the launch Channel 21. A regular Argentinian tv station that basically airs throughout the country, providing content for different types of audiences.

The channel has plenty or archive footage of then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. That file video has been highly requested after he was elected as Pope on March 13th.  So, Channel 21 and the Vatican Television Center have signed an agreement, allowing the Vatican to acquire and distribute the material. 

JULIO RIMOLDI
Channel 21, Director 
"We suddenly had the responsibility to manage so much video footage of the Holy Father. We didn't always know what the footage was going to be used for, which we have to be very careful about.” 

The director of Channel 21, has been collaborating with the now Pope, for over 20 years. In fact they directly worked together in 2004 when together, they launched the tv channel. He says the Pope isn't a big tv fan, but he has always understood that it's an important  medium that needs to provide quality content. 

JULIO RIMOLDI
Channel 21, Director 
"He told me, Julio, I don't want a tv station that's just about prayer or about being devout. I want a dynamic channel with content for everyone, with music and everything. But he was quite clear about the station's mission. He said "I want station that everyone can find interesting. A humanist and inter-religious channel.” 


The agreement between the two, comes at a time when the Vatican is modernizing it's services and digital system. The new accord between the Vatican's Television Center and Channel 21 will also further this goal. 


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