new TV centre BY A STAFF REPORTER NEW headquarters for Catholic TV and radio training and development in Britain are being opened and blessed on Sunday by Cardinal Gray. Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh. who is chairman of the Catholic Broadcastine Council for Britain.
The choice of St. Andrew's Day for the opening ceremony is appropriate; as the director of the f180,000 Catholic Radio and TV centre at Hatch End. Middlesex. is Fr. Agnellus Andrew. O.P.M.
A B.B.C. producer. 27 years ago. heard Fr. Agnellus preaching in the street and was so impressed that he invited him to join the Leel.C.'s Religious Brains Trust programme.
Fr. Agnellus, who was born in Glasgow 61 years ago, later joined the B.B.C. and became a producer himself, finally leaving after 21 years to devote himself full-time to developing a Catholic radio and TV centre.
BACKED BY BISHOPS The Hatch End centre, built by voluntary contributions, is backed by the Catholic bishops of England, Scotland and Wales. It comprises television and sound studios. a large residence, a hostel for students and visitors, a chapel, a library. lecture rooms and offices.
The head of training is Mrs. Grace Wyndham ()oldie, former head of B.B.C. TV
department of talks and current affairs, who was responsible for starting "Tonight" and who was in charge of "Panorama."
Training courses on the theory and practice of cornmunication, and in television and radio techniques, are held at the centre. Fifteen bishops are to attend a training course in January.
The staff, all with professional experience. serve on international mass media committees and have made the centre a meeting place for producers, directors and script writers. Overseas work is also carried out. particularly for developing countries.
MISSIONARIES TRAINED Special courses for missionaries have produced more than 500 trained personnel, including 147 for Africa, Asia and South America. Most are now engaged full-time in radio and TV work. The centre has also organised courses for local broadcasting.
The main feature is the oc tagonal television studio. Behind it is a control room with accommodation for 12 student observers who can watch directors, tutors and technicians at work, and at the same time see into the studio.
One of the eight sides of the television studio is a soundproofed partition opening on to a diamond-shaped chapel. When the partition is opened the chapel becomes the sanctuary of a large church.