Catholic Bishops protest DSTV’s suspension of religious channel

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria
Catholic Bishops of Nigeria

DSTV’s removal of a Catholic channel has angered its audience and the Nigerian Bishops.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has said it will sue the management of the satellite television, DSTV, for suspending a religious channel on its bouquet.

In a statement released, on Thursday, in Lagos, Emmanuel Badejo, Chairman of the Conference’s Directorate of Communications, described the cable TV company’s action as “regrettable”, “discriminating,” and “unacceptable.”

Mr. Badejo said that the bishops and Catholics nationwide were not happy about the suspension of the popular network, EWTN.

“In the last two weeks, offices in Catholic Dioceses across Nigeria have been besieged with calls from the faithful who hitherto have been able to receive EWTN on [the] DSTV bouquet in Nigeria,” the Bishop said. “Upon investigation, we found that DSTV had decided to suspend this channel to the greatest bewilderment of thousands of our subscribers for whom EWTN had become their family and faithful channel.”

EWTN, according to Mr. Badejo, is a religious channel broadcasting the Catholic Church’s activities, and it was the only such channel on the satellite television’s bouquet. He also said it was the only religious channel suspended by the South African company.

He said the DSTV management, claimed the channel was suspended because it was “unpopular.” This claim, Mr. Badejo said, is unacceptable given the deluge of complaints from Catholic faithfuls nationwide.

He called on the outfit to review the suspension and bring the channel back on air for the “millions of starved Christian households” whose faith the network nourishes.

  • Juliana

    I am so pained at the action of DSTV most especially because EWTN is the reason why I bothered to buy a cable network in the first place. I will really be happy of this issue can be sorted out IMMEDIATELY! In the meantime, I am already looking for an alternative cable network in Nigeria that shows EWTN. Any recommendation will be appretiated.

  • ferdyokwu

    EWTN is the largest (in terms of scope and world-wide reach) of all Christian TV stations in the world! Check it out. DSTV’s action should be seen in context. They are probably joining the growing anti-catholic bandwagon in their fight against God’s attested prime evangelical institution! I am going shopping for alternative cable media with an EWTN package. For me DSTV is history and burried!

  • Cletus udoh

    Dstv does not want to air the truth from ewtn. Shame on them.

  • http://www.marknelza.blogspot.com/ Mark Nel

    DSTV Discriminates Openly Against Catholics http://bit.ly/SdzEIG

  • Kayode Olufade

    discrimination is not what made dstv a household name, what happened was purely a business move. Viewership and lifestyle trend is what rules in channel distribution. You cannot expect them to keep a channel that isn’t generating targeted revenue or viewership. If channel viewership runs in the millions i guarantee that DSTV will never mess with the channel.