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New Committee to look into how the Vatican's media can reduce costs and increase reach

2014-07-09

The Vatican's media outlets are expected to undergo some changes. A new committee of experts in being set up to propose how more people can be reached, and how operation costs can be reduced. It's taking a closer look at Vatican Radio, which staffs over 400 employees. 

CARD. GEORGE PELL
Secretariat for the Economy
"It was in 1931 when Vatican Radio was set up. No longer in most pats of the world, do people listen very frequently to the Radio.”

The Vatican has a long list of media outlets, from Vatican Radio, its newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, a television service, website and of course social media. 

Out of all its outlets, however,  it's estimated that the Vatican's website, news.va, and the Pope's Twitter account and phone app,  are reaching the most people and managing them is relatively cheap.  Cost wise, it accounts for less than five percent of the budget. Much higher expenses though are seen with Vatican Radio and the Vatican newspaper, which reach less people. 

CARD. GEORGE PELL
Secretariat for the Economy
"The patterns of expenditures within the Vatican in no way correlate to the number of people who are reached. The goal is that sensitively and progressively there will be a significant saving of funds.” 

The committee will be led by Lord Christopher Patten, a current Chancellor of Oxford University and former Chairman of the BBC Trust. The British politician was also the governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997. It will also include experts from Germany, the U.S, France, Spain and Singapore. Five Vatican staff employees will also take part. 

CARD. GEORGE PELL
Secretariat for the Economy
"One is to maintain the number of Catholics who are reached by Vatican media. One estimate is that about ten percent of Catholics throughout the world are reached in some way.” 

Recommendations from the committee are expected over the next 12 months. Some of those changes however, could be implemented throughout that very year. 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

- Lord Christopher Patten, President, UK

- Msgr. Paul Tighe, Secretary (Vatican’s Social Communications)

- Gregory Erlandson (USA).

- Daniela Frank (Germany).

- Fr. Eric Salobir (France).

- Leticia Soberón (Spain, México). 

- George Yeo (Singapore).

- Giacomo Ghisani (Vatican Radio).

- Msgr. Carlo Maria Polvani (Secretary of State).

- Msgr. Lucio Adrián Ruiz (Holy See website).

- Giovanni Maria Vian (L'Osservatore Romano).