OTTAWA, Ontario, May 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While mainstream Canadian media has repeatedly ignored the tens of thousands of pro-lifers who descend on Parliament Hill every May demanding justice for the unborn, an American television network has deemed the story too big to miss.
For the first time in its 16-year history, the National March for Life will have round-the-clock live coverage of events from EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network.
“The [March for Life] organizers are very excited about EWTN’s coverage because they really want to spread the word about the March and get more people involved in the pro-life movement in Canada whether they are marching or want to participate from home,” said Peter Gagnon, EWTN’s Director of Programming and Production in a press release.
"I think it's an absolutely wonderful thing that EWTN is going to be live-streaming the March," said Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition, which organizes the event. "It's a wonderful opportunity to have people in other countries and other parts of the world see what's going on so that they would emulate what the late, great Nellie Gray started 40 years ago in the United States."
March for Life coverage will include the Candlelight Vigil on May 8, footage of bishops and Cardinals celebrating pro-life Masses and their homilies, the March itself on May 9, speeches by MPs, testimonials from post-abortive women connected to Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and the youth conference offered by Campaign Life Coalition on May 10 to train young people to be effective pro-life witnesses.
EWTN is available on over 225 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television, radio services, website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the world’s largest religious media network. EWTN.com is the second most visited Catholic website in the world, topped only by the Vatican.
The Catholic network is sending their very best to Ottawa to make sure the job gets done well. On-site will be “Life on the Rock” co-host Fr. Mark Mary, EWTN’s Chaplain Fr. Joseph, and EWTN’s executive vice president and “Bookmark” host Doug Keck.
The Catholic news network is teaming up with Dunn Media from Hamilton, Ontario, to produce the live broadcast.
Kevin Dunn, president of Dunn Media, told LifeSiteNews.com that as a Catholic trying to respond to Blessed John Paul II’s call to evangelize the culture through media, he is honored to “do what I can” to help the pro-life cause.
Dunn said that as a broadcaster for over 30 years, he has witnessed how mainstream media has “manipulated, distorted or ignored the pro-life movement altogether.”
“These misrepresentations over the years have just appalled me,” he said.
For the past three March for Life events, Dunn Media has turned an Ottawa hotel room into a production hub, with cameras and make-shift editing suites, to upload videos of the event on to YouTube. But this will be the first time that Dunn’s coverage of the event will be streamed live with EWTN’s help.
“We must do all we can to combat the culture of death that is glorified in the media and lived out in the abortuaries across Canada - and the world over,” he said.
“I am thrilled, honoured, and humbled, to be working with EWTN, whose commitment to proclaiming the truth about abortion is unrivaled.”
Canadians hoping to catch the pro-life March may want to make sure that EWTN is part of their TV package. Bell ExpressVu dropped the Catholic news network in 2011 to “free up bandwidth for new and more popular channels” despite a flood of requests from Canadians to keep the world's largest Catholic Television network among their offerings. Calls to Bell usually result in a recommendation to instead view Canada's Salt&Light Television, which Bell does carry. Cogeco carries EWTN in the east and Shaw in the west.
Live coverage of the March will be streamed from EWTN.com.