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The Christian Broadcasting Network Launches CBN News Channel: The First 24-Hour News Channel from a Christian Perspective

10-01-2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Exactly 57 years (October 1, 1961) after The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) debuted on the airwaves of a tiny UHF station in Portsmouth Virginia (WYAH-TV), CBN returns to network broadcast programming Monday with the launch of the CBN News Channel, the first 24-hour Christian television news channel. Pat Robertson, founder of CBN, and Gordon Robertson, CEO of the network, made the announcement Monday.

For its initial debut, CBN News Channel is available Over The Air (OTA) in these 15 markets:

  • Los Angeles               KHIZ                  Ch. 39.7                      
  • Atlanta                        WUEO               Ch. 49.5
  • Detroit                        WUDL                Ch. 19.7
  • St. Louis                     KBGU                Ch. 33.6
  • Nashville                     WKUW              Ch. 40.6
  • Indianapolis                WSDI                 Ch. 30.4
  • Kansas City                KAJF                  Ch. 21.5
  • Milwaukee                   WTSJ                Ch. 38.5
  • Oklahoma City            KBZC                 Ch. 42.2
  • Norfolk                        WAVY                 Ch. 10.4
  • Memphis                     KPMF                 Ch. 26.3
  • Wichita                        KFVT                  Ch. 34.3
  • Springfield MO            KOLR                 Ch. 10.4
  • Shreveport                  KTAL                  Ch. 6.4
  • Lubbock                      KAMC                Ch. 28.4

For viewers in other markets where the channel is not yet available, CBN News Channel can also be viewed via Over The Top (OTT) distribution as well as streaming online at CBNNewsChannel.com or the CBN News app. More stations are expected to be added in the coming days and weeks.

“Viewers are hungry for news today and also to understand how current events, both here and abroad, affect them,” said Pat Robertson, founder and chairman of CBN. “With news bureaus and correspondents in dozens of countries and humanitarian aid efforts going on around the world, CBN News Channel is on the ground in the world’s hot zones and uniquely positioned to deliver important stories in emerging formats that will engage new audiences.”

The CBN News Channel features a mix of live and breaking news coverage from the network’s Washington D.C. bureau, Virginia Beach headquarters, and other locations. The news airs each morning via CBN Newswatch (8:00 a.m. ET), which then will be updated hourly. Also in rotation on the network will be other CBN original programming from the network’s bureaus around the world, including:

Faith Nation (6 p.m. ET) – A new daily version of the political talk show co-hosted by Jenna Browder and John Jessup, and featuring CBN News' chief political analyst David Brody, national security correspondent Erik Rosales, Capitol Hill correspondent Abigail Robertson and White House correspondent Ben Kennedy.

Jerusalem Dateline – News from CBN’s Jerusalem bureau hosted by Chris Mitchell

Christian World News – International news stories of importance to the global Christian community, hosted by George Thomas and Wendy Griffith, and also featuring correspondents from CBN bureaus around the world

Healthy Living – A new health and lifestyle show incorporating the latest medical information to help you and your family look and feel your very best, hosted by Lori Johnson

On the Homefront – Human interest and stories of faith about the men and women serving in the US military hosted by Erik Rosales

Studio 5 – Pop culture and Christian entertainment news from Efrem Graham

Prayer Link – Hosted by Charlene Aaron, a show highlighting what prayer is accomplishing in the world today

Global Lane – International news and commentary from CBN International News Director and Senior International Correspondent Gary Lane

Additionally, the CBN News Channel will broadcast each day’s episodes of the network’s flagship program, The 700 Club, as well as 700 Club Interactive. Those two programs will also remain on the Freeform cable television network.

“Consumers are changing the way they view television content,” said Gordon Robertson, CEO of CBN. “There is a shift away from cable television to other platforms, especially in Over The Air digital TV and streaming on mobile devices. As the first Christian news outlet in the space, CBN is again on the forefront of new technologies and reaching new audiences.”

“In this contentious news culture today, viewers are concerned not only about issues that are important to them, such as religious liberty, Supreme Court judges, Israel, and our government leaders, they are also increasingly concerned with how the news is being reported by major media outlets,” said Rob Allman, vice president and news director for CBN. “CBN News will cover major stories where faith is relevant; we will expose our viewers to important stories they will not see in the major media, and our professional journalists will conduct respectful interviews with newsmakers on all sides of the political spectrum.”

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