For Immediate Release
15 October 2010
• Station doubles viewership
• Reaches viewers in 22 arch/dioceses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
• Telecare launches new, more dynamic website
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – October 15, 2010 – Telecare (telecaretv.org), the Catholic television station that operates out of the Diocese of Rockville Centre (drvc.org) can now be seen by Cablevision subscribers in 22 arch/dioceses across the Tri-state area. Telecare remains channel 29 for the Long Island region and will now be channel 137 elsewhere. The expansion into other dioceses increases potential viewership by approximately three million. Total potential viewership is now approximately 4.6 million (including Verizon FiOS subscribers). Telecare can also be seen on Verizon FiOS channel 296.
Telecare is a 24-hour-a-day, 365 day-a-year Catholic television station which has been in existence for nearly 40 years. Telecare currently produces 24 original shows in addition to other programs and documentaries acquired from across the country and internationally.
“What it means for us is that we go from broadcasting programming that we’re proud of, that we know inspires, from one diocese to all dioceses across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, said Rev. Msgr. James Vlaun, CEO and President, Telecare.
In the past several years, Telecare has been able to serve the Church in many ways. It covered the Holy Father’s visit to America in 2007. In 2009, the station was invited to provide live coverage of the national meeting of the Bishop’s in Maryland. (The station will again cover this meeting in November.) In addition, Telecare produces a weekly news program, Everyday Faith Live, which provides up-to- the-minute Catholic news. The station provides spiritual opportunities as well including Daily Mass, the Rosary, Miraculous Medal Novena, The Angelus, Divine Mercy Chaplet, St. Anne’s Novena, Advent and Lenten missions and the Stations of the Cross. Telecare also airs programming from the Vatican as well as the Papal Audience and Papal Masses.
Telecare also includes programming for teens and young people, Spanish language programming, a game show and a cooking show.
This expansion, “also deepens our ability to look for leaders and people (beyond the Diocese of Rockville Centre) who can share with us and help us learn and deepen our own faith," said Msgr. Vlaun. “So, the talent pool just got tons deeper, which is wonderful, because we have all of these new people now to explore.”
Telecare Launches New Website
Concurrent with the broader service offering, Telecare today launched a redesigned website, telecaretv.org. The new site gives viewers on-demand access to over 500 hours of programming. Telecare is also developing a Smartphone application or “App” that allows people to watch Telecare on whatever mobile device they may have.
For more information about new programming and sponsorship opportunities with Telecare, contact Mr. Joseph Perrone, General Manager, Telecare at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-538-8704, ext. 145.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
(p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625