Beginning September 1, Daily Mass will no longer be broadcast on Boston's ION channel 68.
Father Robert Reed, president of The CatholicTV Network wrote this note in the August CatholicTV Monthly magazine:
Without a doubt the Daily Mass is our most important and popular program on the CatholicTV Network. It is the reason that CatholicTV began its ministry some sixty years ago and it is by far the most watched half hour in our programming schedule. For obvious reasons, it pains us to have to give up the simulcast of the Mass on the ION Network Monday through Thursday here in the Boston market. The costs of purchasing broadcast time while maintaining our full-scale operation have simply become too high. And so, just for those who live here in the area of our studios, the Mass will no longer be seen on ION after August 28, 2014.
However, at the same time, we are looking at as many other options as possible to bring the Mass to you. We have recently upgraded our website so that Mass can be viewed either live or on-demand in high definition. In addition, the Mass can be viewed on every smart phone and tablet available on the market, as well as Roku and Google TV. All of this is in addition to the growing number of cable systems that are picking up the CatholicTV Network around the country. We are also grateful to Comcast of New England for granting us a channel in the expanded basic tier.
Change is difficult for all of us and this is a change that we must make simply for financial reasons. However, we will continue to expand the reach of CatholicTV into as many homes and institutions as possible in ways that are both efficient and cost effective. I am personally grateful for your incredible support over the years and I know we can count on it as we move forward. Without you, The CatholicTV Network would neither exist nor continue to be an effective force for the New Evangelization.
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