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Religious and Faith-based Networks at a Glance

6/24/2005 8:00 PM Eastern


Bridges TV


Business model: Premium service, $14.99 per month
Distribution: Digital cable and satellite
Demographic: All ages
Signature programming: English-language news, movies, lifestyle and entertainment programming about Muslim-Americans
Top executive: Muzzammil Hassan, president and CEO
Contact: 716-578-1317, www.bridgestv.com

BYU Television


Business model: Viewer and ministry supported
Distribution: 24 million digital cable homes
Demographic: Alumni and friends of Brigham Young University and Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Signature programming: BYU sports, lectures, devotionals, documentaries, music
Top executive: Stephen M. Jones, dean of BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications
Contact: (866) 662-9888
www.byutv.org

The Church Channel


(Part of TBN Networks)
Business model: Viewer and ministry supported
Distribution: 11.2 million digital-cable subscribers
Demographic: All ages, interdenominational
Signature programming: Church services 24 hours a day
Top executive: Paul F. Crouch, president and CEO
Contact: (972) 313-9500
www.churchchannel.tv

Daystar TV


Business model: Viewer and ministry supported
Distribution: 45 million homes, 10 million via cable and satellite
Demographic: All ages, interdenominational
Signature programming:Celebration, hosted by Marcus and Joni Lamb, talk show Joni, live events from around the world
Top executives: Marcus and Joni Lamb, founders
Contact: (866) 455-4900
www.daystartv.com

Eternal Word Television Network


Business model: Viewer supported
Distribution: 50 million cable and satellite subscribers
Demographic: Catholics of all ages
Signature programming: Talk shows EWTN Live, Life on the Rock targeted at teens, inspirational show The Journey Home, newsmagazine show The World Over, Mother Angelica Classics
Top executive: Michael P. Warsaw, president
Contact: (205) 271-2900
www.ewtn.com

EWTN Español


Business model: Viewer supported
Distribution: 10 million digital- cable homes
Demographic: Hispanic Catholics of all ages
Signature programming: Spanish-language mass, news, talk shows and dramatic series produced mostly in Latin America
Top executive: Michael P. Warsaw, president
Contact: (205) 271-2900
www.ewtn.com/spanish

Family Net Television


Business model: Viewer and ministry supported, sells local avails
Distribution: 30 million broadcast and cable homes
Demographic: All ages, Southern Baptist
Signature programming:Janet Parshall’s America, At Home Live!, other family-friendly fare
Top executive: Randy Singer, CEO
Contact: (800) 832-6638, www.familynet.com

Golden Eagle Broadcasting


Business model: Viewer and ministry supported
Distribution: Over the air on DGEB-TV in Tulsa, Okla., and via cable, C-Band, satellite
Demographic: All ages, Protestant
Signature programming: Contemporary Christian programming from Oral Roberts Ministries
Top executive: Richard Roberts, president of Oral Roberts University
Contact: (918) 495-7288
www.golden-eagle-tv.com

God TV


Business model: Viewer and ministry supported, product sales and advertising on U.K. feeds
Distribution: 73 million cable and satellite homes worldwide, just launching in U.S.
Demographic: Young Christian viewers
Signature programming: Flagship program with Rory and Wendy Alec, music-video program Dream on TV
Top executive: Rory Alec, co-founder and CEO
Contact: (202) 223-4023
www.godtv.com

Gospel Music Television Network


Business model: Viewer and ministry supported, advertising
Distribution: Digital cable and satellite
Demographic: All ages, interdenominational
Signature programming: Southern gospel, Christian country music, contemporary praise and worship
Top executive: Philip Thomas, president and founder
Contact: (615) 650-2433
www.gmtn.com

I-life TV


(Part of INSP Networks)
Business model: Subscription fee and ad supported
Distribution: 7 million digital- cable homes
Demographic: All ages, interdenominational
Signature programming: Inspirational lifestyle programming, life-enrichment, news, sports, movies, Hispanic block
Top executive: David Cerullo, president and CEO
Contact: (704) 525-9800
www.inspnets.com

INSP — The Inspiration Network


Business model: Viewer and ministry, sells local and regional avails
Distribution: 22 million digital- cable homes
Demographic: All ages, interdenominational
Signature programming: Saturday-night inspirational entertainment block, music specials and series, minority and children’s programming
Top executive: David Cerullo, president and CEO
Contact: (704) 525-9800
www.inspnets.com

JCTV


(Part of TBN Networks)
Business model: Viewer and ministry supported
Distribution: 2.5 million digital- cable subscribers
Demographic: 13-29 year olds, interdenominational
Signature programming:Real Videos (faith-based music videos), talk show featuring faith-based discussions about teen issues, G-Rock (extreme sports and music show)
Top executive: Paul F. Crouch, president and CEO
Contact: (972) 313-9500
www.jc-tv.net

La Familia Network


(Part of INSP Networks)
Business model: Viewer and ministry supported, sells local and regional avails
Distribution: 300,000 digital-cable subscribers
Demographic: Hispanics of all ages, interdenominational
Signature programming: Hispanic talk shows, music, movies, children’s block, outdoor sports
Top executive: David Cerullo, president and CEO
Contact: (704) 525-9800
www.inspnets.com

Shalom TV


Business model: Premium VOD format, monthly subscription fee
Distribution: In talks with Cablevision Systems Inc., Time Warner Cable and Comcast Corp.
Demographic: Jewish-Americans of all ages
Signature programming: English-language Jewish-themed films, lifestyle and educational programming, news, The God Squad, a talk show hosted by a rabbi and priest
Top executive: Bradford Hammer, CEO and co-founder
Contact: (724) 816-7301
www.shalomtv.org

Trinity Broadcasting Network


Business model: Viewer and ministry supported
Distribution: 95.7 million households, 52 million via cable and satellite
Demographic: All ages, interdenominational
Signature programming:Praise the Lord variety show, charismatic preachers, news, music, movies and original entertainment-based programming
Top executive: Paul F. Crouch, president and CEO
Contact: (972) 313-9500
www.tbnnetworks.com

TBN Enlace USA


(Part of TBN Networks)
Business model: Viewer and ministry supported
Distribution: 1 million digital cable subscribers
Demographic: Hispanics of all ages, interdenominational
Signature programming: Spanish-language church services, music videos, information, talk, children’s programming
Top executive: Paul F. Crouch, president and CEO
Contact: (972) 313-9500
www.tbn.org

Three Angels Broadcasting Network


Business model: Viewer and ministry supported
Distribution: Digital cable
Demographic: All ages, interdenominational
Signature programming: Health, cooking, inspirational, guidance-themed programming
Top executive: Danny Shelton, president and founder
Contact: (618) 627-2971
www.3abn.org

Total Christian Television


Business model: Viewer and ministry supported
Distribution: 30 million broadcast and cable homes in the U.S. and Canada
Demographic: All ages, interdenominational
Signature programming: Dramas, documentaries, movies, music programs, children’s programming, live events.
Top executives: Garth and Tina Coonce, co-presidents and founders
Contact: (618) 997-9333
www.tct.tv

The Word Network


Business model: Viewer and ministry supported
Distribution: 36 million digital- cable households
Demographic: All ages, interdenominational
Signature programming: Urban ministry services and traditional gospel music, daily gospel show Bobby Jones Presents, talk show Rainbow Push With Jesse Jackson
Top executive: Lewis Gibbs, vice president of operations
Contact: (248) 357-4566
www.thewordnetwork.com

World Harvest TV


Business model: Viewer and ministry supported
Distribution: 13 broadcast stations and DirecTV
Demographic: All ages, interdenominational
Signature programming: Christian programming, sports, family shows, The Lone Ranger and Lassie reruns
Top executive: Pete Sumrall, president, LeSEA Broadcasting Network
Contact: (574) 291-8200
www.lesea.com

Note: This list only includes nationally distributed channels completely focused on religious and faith programming.

Source: Channel Web site information.

 

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