February 14, 2011

Thousands of loyal watchers of Eternal Word Television Network across Canada are losing their favourite station as Bell TV will drop EWTN from its digital satellite television service as of Feb. 27.

"EWTN had a low viewership and Salt and Light (Canada's national Catholic television channel) is a strong alternative.

This channel capacity is needed for new and high-demand channels," said Bell spokeswoman Marie-Eve Francoeur in an email to The Catholic Register in Toronto.

EWTN claims more than 500,000 subscribers in Canada.

Bell has slightly less than two million subscribers nationally.

The conservative, American Catholic TV network remains available on most other cable and satellite TV providers in Canada.

The TV channel is mobilizing its network of 6,000 "media missionaries" across Canada to protest Bell's decision and inform viewers of their alternatives with other cable and satellite companies.