The newly formed New England Chapter of the Catholic League got off to a fast start by challenging a local cable TV operator on plans to drop the Eternal Word Television Network. Continental Cablevision had done a survey 32,000 subscribers and found that viewers preferred to drop EWTN in favor of accessing the QVC shopping network. But that didn’t sit well with many Catholics, and especially not with Dr. Louis S. Competiello, a practicing physician and president of the New England Chapter of the Catholic League.
Dr. Competiello entered into a discussion with EWTN and Continental Cablevision. His work proved fruitful: Continental Cablevision agreed to continue programming of EWTN on a part-time basis and promised to restore full service as soon as possible.