Behind the Catholic Radio & Television Network (CRTN) is a modern production studio specialising in reports and documentaries on the Catholic Church in remote areas. The broadcasts primarily serve to support evangelisation efforts and promote solidarity with the suffering Church. Additionally, they further publicise the work of Aid to the Church in Need. Through our network, we are able to provide productions to TV and radio stations around the world. In 2020, the studio produced 397 TV and radio programmes in all language versions, which were then broadcast on 140 TV and 475 radio stations.
CRTN is a production and media service that is globally unique in the Church.
In addition to documentary films and interview broadcasts such as “Where God Weeps” and “Donde Dios Llora”, we were able to produce a considerable number of short films for special ACN fundraisers.
Especially in non-Christian areas, spreading the Gospel through radio and television plays a very important role. The best example is in the Middle East, where there are more than 600 Muslim television channels, but only two Christian ones. Aid to the Church in Need oversees the establishment of Catholic radio and television stations here and supports the required training of staff members, thereby ensuring that they are professionally qualified.
CRTN achieved record distribution in 2020 with documentaries alone: Programmes were transmitted by 140 television stations worldwide. A feature about a missionary working for reconciliation between hostile tribes in Ethiopia was nominated for ‘Best Documentary’ at the 2020 Religion Today Film Festival, held in Trento, Italy. The film was directed by Magdalena Wolnik.
In 2020, we produced 397 TV and radio broadcasts to spread the faith.Mark von Riedemann, Director of Public Affairs and Religious Freedom
Every day, broadcasts reach tens of millions worldwide. In addition to production and distribution, CRTN also supports a number of worldwide TV distribution initiatives through consulting and programming services. What’s more, CRTN established the global Catholic television resource network crtn.org 20 years ago, which gives Catholic producers and television stations the opportunity to facilitate the presentation, exchange and distribution of Catholic programmes worldwide.
In addition, we have compiled a web catalogue containing 424 productions. In 2020, 309 producers and 172 television stations used this service, which is unique in the Church. A CRTN newsletter, a CRTN Facebook page with 11,180 followers and the CRTN YouTube channel round off our media service.