Vatican forms media committee to lead Church into digital age
Eleven-member team to draft reform agenda within the coming months
The appointment of a committee to propose reforms for the Vatican media raises expectations for a substantial renewal of the Vatican media branch, bringing it ever more toward the digital era.
The 11 people appointed for the committee are entrusted with drafting a reform plan within the next months, with the goal of adapting Holy See media to changing media consumption trends, enhancing coordination, and achieving substantial financial savings.
President of the committee will be Lord Christopher Patten of Barnes, currently chancellor of Oxford University and co-chair of the UK-India Round Table, who chaired the governing body of the BBC until he resigned because of a heart attack.
Secretary of the Committee has been appointed Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. On Vatican side, the other members are: Mgsr. Carlo Maria Polvani, head of the Office for Information of the Vatican State Secretariat; Giacomo Ghisani of Vatican Radio; Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz of the Vatican Internet Service; and Giovanni Maria Vian, editor in chief of “L’Osservatore Romano”.
The senior experts appointed are Gregory Erlandson, American, president and publisher of the Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division; Daniela Frank, German, executive director of the Catholic Media Council; Fr. Eric Salobir, O.P., General Promoter of the Order of Preachers for Social Communication; Leticia Soberon, a psychologist who also served as official of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication; and George Yeo, a former minister for Foreign Affairs in Singapore.
The board of experts will meet later this year in Rome. The basis of the discussions will be the conclusions drafted by the Pontifical Commission of Reference for the Economic-Administrative structure, or COSEA.
COSEA’s conclusions were drafted on the basis of a plan sketched by the company McKinsey & Co, which had been entrusted in December, 2013 to counsel the Vatican about an “integrated plan” for its media.
Source: Catholic News Agency
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