Major Catholic media companies merge

Catholic News Agency, ACI Prensa Group now part of EWTN Global Catholic Network

The Denver-based Catholic News Agency and its sister organization, ACI Prensa, the world’s largest Spanish-language Catholic news organization, with headquarters in Lima, Peru, have become part of the EWTN Global Catholic Network.

Under the terms of the transaction, no cash will be exchanged between the parties. EWTN will assume control of all ongoing activities of the two organizations. Alejandro Bermudez, a member of the Sodality of Christian Life who is currently the executive director of both CNA and ACI Prensa Group, will continue to serve in that capacity.

"EWTN has been a partner with both Catholic News Agency and ACI Prensa for many years in creating and distributing Catholic news content, and I am very pleased and excited that these two highly respected news organizations will become a part of the EWTN family of services," said Michael P. Warsaw, EWTN’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer, in a release.

This move is the latest step in EWTN's efforts to expand its news offerings. In 2013, the network launched EWTN News Nightly, a daily news program based in Washington, D.C., covering major news events from a Catholic perspective. In 2011, EWTN acquired the National Catholic Register newspaper.

EWTN Global Catholic Network reaches more than 140 countries and territories and 230 million homes with 11 television channels. It also operates multiple radio services including a network of hundreds of AM and FM stations, a SiriusXM satellite radio channel, an iHeart radio channel and a global shortwave radio service. EWTN's website, www.ewtn.com, is the most visited Catholic website in the U.S., according to the network.

Catholic News Agency was founded in Denver, Colorado, in 2004. ACI Prensa was founded in Lima, Peru, in 1980 by the German missionary Father Adalbert Marie Mohm.

June 24, 2014