The Purpose . . .
To provide wholesome,
uplifting movies to patients in every children's hospital in America. This
entertainment is free to the patient.
The Background . . .
Most people agree that
daytime network television consists mostly of "soap operas" and adult-theme
talk shows. It is also generally acknowledged that this type of programming
is unsuitable for young children. Dick Rolfe, Chairman and co-founder of The
Dove Foundation was quoted on the front page of USA Today, calling for the
television networks to "clean up their houses." Most parents can screen what
their children watch in the home. However, there is a very large population
(800,000) that is a captive audience of this programming, with few options
to choose from; the children in our nation's hospitals.
Entertainment is an
important escape for these unfortunate youngsters, especially during such
trying times. Hospital staffs rarely have the time or resources necessary to
protect the children from unsavory television programming. While many
hospitals offer alternatives such as premium cable channels, they are
usually available to patients for a fee not covered by insurance. The
program content on many of these cable channels is also questionable where
children are concerned, leaving them in need of more appropriate
programming. In some cases, where video libraries are available, hospital
staffs complain that the tapes and VCR’s or DVD players are frequently lost,
stolen or damaged. Videos and DVDs are occasionally donated by well-meaning
family members or friends. These items are usually not screened, and are
often unsuitable for their intended audience: sick, traumatized young
The Program . . .
The Dove Movie Channel®
is a natural extension of The Dove Foundation, whose mission is, "to
encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption
of wholesome family entertainment." The Dove Movie Channel® is a
simple, straightforward program that provides entertainment especially
selected by The Dove Foundation for hospitalized children. These films are
shown right on each patient’s television sets, not on separate DVD players
or VCRs. Each participating hospital receives a catalog of over 100 movie
titles from which to choose.