CBN was founded by televangelistPat Robertson in 1961 using a religious variety program format that has been successfully used in religious broadcasting ever since. One of the mainstays of the network is The 700 Club, the longest-running program in the variety format. The network's journalistic branch, CBN News, provides news updates to The 700 Club and produces religious news programs such as CBN NewsWatch and Christian World News, and also airs a special hour of prime time election coverage hosted by Robertson during presidential and mid-term elections in the United States, seen on ABC Family. The hour long talk-show 700 Club Interactive is also seen on ABC Family. CBN also operates online channels on its website, such as the CBN News Channel.
CBN Asia manages Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation (OBI), an international relief and missionary effort, and has international programming, producing local programs including Solusi in Indonesia and From Heart to Heart in Thailand; CBN India produces five weekly series. There are versions of The 700 Club aimed at Latin American (Club 700 Hoy) and British audiences (The 700 Club With Paul and Fiona).[not in citation given] CBN has broadcast programs in over 70 languages.
On April 29, 1977, CBN launched a cable network, CBN Satellite Service. It was later revamped with a mix of both religious and secular programming, and renamed CBN Cable Network. CBN Cable Network was eventually renamed The Family Channel, which was later sold under that name to Fox and was then known as the Fox Family Channel. Fox later sold it to Disney, which renamed it ABC Family. The terms of the original sale stipulated that The 700 Club and another show would continue to be shown on the Family Channel and that the word "Family" would remain in the channel's name in perpetuity.
CBN is now a production company for The 700 Club, and the other syndicated shows CBN NewsWatch, Christian World News, 700 Club Interactive, and The Brody File, a news-analysis program hosted by political journalist David Brody. CBN and Regent University jointly produced the film First Landing. The current news director is Rob Allman.
At one time, CBN owned a number of radio and television stations, including the following:
WYAH-TV (channel 27) in Portsmouth, Virginia was CBN's first station and the group's flagship outlet, purchased by Robertson in 1960. WYAH began operations under CBN ownership in October 1961 and was owned by CBN until 1989. It is currently WGNT, affiliated with the CW Television Network and owned by Local TV, who also owns CBS affiliate WTKR in the same market.
WHAE-TV (channel 46) in Atlanta, Georgia was CBN's second television station, launched by the ministry in June 1971. CBN changed the station's call letters to WANX-TV in 1977, and sold the outlet in 1984 to the Tribune Company, who renamed the station WGNX. Today it operates as WGCL-TV, a CBS affiliate owned by the Meredith Corporation.
In January 1973 CBN purchased KBFI-TV (channel 33) in Dallas, Texas and changed its calls to KXTX-TV. In April, Doubleday Broadcasting swapped KDTV's License on Channel 39 to CBN for CBN's Channel 33. Doubleday opted to shut down Channel 33 and donate programming to CBN. CBN moved an expanded KXTX-TV to channel 39. KXTX was CBN's last station property when it was partnered with LIN Broadcasting and KXAS-TV in 1994. KXAS was sold to NBCUniversal in 1998 and KXTV remained an LMA partner running expanded news and talk shows along with westerns and paid programming. In 2000, KXTX was sold outright to NBC. In 2001, KXTX became a Spanish language station affiliated with Telemundo, also owned by NBC. KXTX is still a Telemundo station.
CBN planned to build a station on channel 63 in Richmond, Virginia, with the call sign WRNX. The station never made it to air under CBN ownership, as its construction permit was sold in 1983 to a Capitol Christian Television and signed on that year as WTLL. That station was eventually sold and in 1986 became WVRN with a secular schedule. The station itself operated for only five years.
CBN operated WXRI (now WNOH), a Christian-formatted FM radio station in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1962 until 1989.
The 700 Club is a news/magazine television program transmitted daily since 1966—one of the longest runs of any program—with Pat Robertson, Terry Meeuwsen, and Gordon Robertson. Broadcasts information and interviews to an average daily audience of one million viewers, both on cable and through syndication.
CBN NewsWatch is produced by CBN News, is a half-hour daily news program reporting national and international news from a conservative, Christian perspective. Broadcast nationally on several Christian cable and satellite outlets.
Christian World News is a half-hour weekly conservative news program, produced by CBN News. Broadcast nationally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Club 700 Hoy is a half hour Spanish-language weekly television program broadcast throughout Latin America, and in the United States on the US Hispanic network, Azteca America. Produced in a magazine style format. It is a morning show about popular opinion on current issues, and claims to provide answers to life's problems. It presents interviews, informative features, and reality stories about people, places, and music.
One Cubed USA and One Cubed International are programs about youth culture, action sports, and music videos. It claims a mission statement "to reach this generation to express the unconditional love and salvation that God freely offered to everyone in this world. In everything that is One Cubed, we want to bring glory to God, never compromising and never settling, and always striving to be used by Him to the best of our abilities".