Salt+Light takes top TV station award

  • August 26, 2008

TORONTO - Canada’s Salt+Light Television has won a 2008 Gabriel Award from the U.S. Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals, which cited the network’s “value-centred view of society and humanity.”

The Gabriel Awards, founded in 1965 by the Catholic Broadcasters Association and now sponsored by the Catholic Academy, recognizes “outstanding artistic achievement in a television or radio program or series which entertains and enriches with a true vision of humanity and a true vision of life.”

In giving the award for Television Station of the Year, the Catholic Academy said it hopes the recognition will challenge “Salt+Light to continue to provide the quality programming our world so desperately needs.”

Salt+Light was established in 2003. It is a privately funded national Catholic organization that provides religious programming for television, digital television distribution and the Internet. It can be obtained through various cable TV operators, Bell ExpressVu and on the web site

Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., chief executive of Salt+Light, said of the award:

“It is a great honour for us to be awarded the prestigious Gabriel Award, not for a specific program but rather for our entire network. Much has been accomplished over the last five years, and our Salt+Light team of young adults is the greatest asset of this wonderful project of the new evangelization. The Gabriel Award is a tribute to their dedication, commitment and key roles in Catholic media in North America.”

The awards are given to electronic media outlets — both religious and secular — in Canada and the United States.

The awards were announced in early August. Also among the Canadian recipients was CBC Television for documentary (national release) for its show Darfur: On Our Watch, and news/informational (national release) for Moving On: Jenna’s Marathon. CBC also received a certificate of merit in the same category for Moshe and Muni: The National News.

Vision TV, in association with Long Haul Big Hearts Producers, received a certificate of merit in the documentary category for the show Long Haul Big Hearts.

The awards will be presented Oct. 25 in Los Angeles.

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