Indonesia has its first Catholic television in streaming and will soon broadcast via satellite frequency.
As Fides learns from the Commission
for Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Jakarta, the first
Catholic television channel is called "Hidup TV", from the term "hidup"
which means "life".
The TV was presented at the annual meeting of "Signis Indonesia" held in
Central Java, in recent days. Among the members of "Signis Indonesia"
there are those responsible for the Commission for Social Communication
During the meeting, father Harry Sulistiyo, head of Jakarta's
Commission, shared the project of the television station, primarily seen
as a "pastoral opportunity" with other diocesan leaders. Father
Sulistiyo informed that Hidup TV broadcasts programs in streaming and
will shortly be developed through the satellite Q-Band frequency,
visible with a parable throughout Indonesia.
The Executive Secretary of
the Episcopal Commission for Social Communications, Fr. Kamilus Pantus,
told Fides: "We thank Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta who
encouraged and supported the Commission for Social Communications in
conceiving and founding Hidup TV".
The idea is to give TV a particularly pastoral aspect, making it a
support to preaching and catechesis. It is a project that was born as
interdiocesan and will provide news and specific experiences to each
diocese. "All the diocesan commission for social communications will
contribute with productions and programs of different formats: from
forums to movies, documentaries, music that will be broadcast by Hiup
Father Sette Lalu, director of the Commission for Social Communications
in the Diocese of Manado (on Sulawesi Indonesian island) confirmed his
support to the project and, in an interview with Agenzia Fides, said he
considers Hidup TV "a creative initiative to meet the needs of the
faithful, in a world marked by the development of information
Today Hidup TV broadcasts in digital streaming three hours a day, and in
the near future will reach eight hours a day. Among the currently
existing programs, there are programs dedicated to reflections and
spiritual comments, children's programs, music programs.