God TV

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God TV
Type Satellite & Cable
television network
Country United Kingdom, United States, Israel
Availability Worldwide
Owner Owned by several Angel Charities globally. Worldwide broadcast licence is held by Angel Christian Television Trust Inc[1]
Launch date
1995: Christian Channel Europe
1997:
God Channel
2002: God TV
Official website
www.god.tv

God TV is an international television network that broadcasts from Jerusalem.[2] The evangelical Christian organisation was started by Rory Alec and Wendy Alec in England in 1995. It has several regional offices, a transmission centre in Israel, and a new events centre is being built in Plymouth that will be known as the God TV Revival Prayer Centre.

God TV claims a potential viewership of 951 million viewers / 262 million homes that can access its programming. [3] These figures require substantiation. However some UK newspapers have set the figure at 250 million homes. [4]

According to its website God TV is owned by several Angel Charities internationally; its worldwide broadcast license is held by Angel Christian Television Trust Inc., a US not-for-profit corporation; and its charities adhere to the UK Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith.[1]

Early history[edit]

God TV commenced broadcasting in the United Kingdom on 1 October 1995 as the Christian Channel Europe and became Europe’s first daily faith-oriented network.[5] It began in Rory & Wendy Alec's home in London, broadcasting one hour a day, but grew to seven hours, then 24-hours.

In 1997 The Independent newspaper described Rory and Wendy Alec as "the new faces of religious broadcasting."[6] and the name of the network changed to the God Channel. In 2002 it became known as God TV and its broadcast headquarters moved to Israel. Since then the network has expanded worldwide. God TV has offices in the USA, England, Germany, South Africa, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka and Australia.

Programming content[edit]

God TV carries series from diverse Christian leaders. These include daily programming from Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Andrew Wommack, Angus Buchan, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn and John Hagee. Originally produced programming features Rory and Wendy Alec and 'In Depth' interviews hosted by Liz Ray. Other names that are often associated with GOD TV are TD Jakes, Mike Pilavachi, Mike Bickle, Brian Houston, Rick Joyner, Chuck Missler, Sam P. Chelladurai, Nathan Morris (evangelist), Todd Bentley, Matthew Ashimolowo, J John, Joseph Prince. Paul McGuire and others.

Some of these speakers are considered controversial. Others have been criticised for teaching a "Gospel of Prosperity" and their finances have been scrutinized by US and UK government agencies. For example, Benny Hinn and Joseph Prince.

God TV's 24-hour schedule is the same worldwide [7] with some local programming. The network can be watched via satellite, cable, IPTV, terrestrial transmission, on the Internet, including Roku, or via mobile phone, depending on country.

God TV features live broadcasts, including worldwide satellite link-ups such as the Global Day of Prayer with Graham Power where God TV broadcast from South America for the first time in 2009.[8]

God TV’s programming sometimes supports causes such as making a stand against human trafficking [9]

Much of God TV's programming caters for youth. [10] with live broadcasts from events such as Acquire the Fire, Soul Survivor (charity) and concerts featuring bands like Delirious? (disbanded in 2009), Leeland and Switchfoot.

God TV in the USA[edit]

God TV launched in the USA in 2006 on DirecTV, America's largest satellite platform, and can be found on channel 365.[11] Glorystar Christian Satellite also includes God TV in its channel bouquet (channel 102), and it is also distributed on Galaxy 19 (97W) in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Additionally, the network can also be seen in certain US cities via cable.[12]

God TV launched in Orlando, Florida in 2012, when it became available on channel 55.2 via digital terrestrial transmission.[13] As part of the Orlando launch, the Bay Revival on Tour was broadcast from Calvary Assembly of God in Winter Park with John Kilpatrick, Nathan Morris and Lydia Marrow.[14] The network maintains an office in Orlando, as well as Kansas City, Missouri.

American singer, actor and writer Pat Boone endorses God TV, and has participated in its work.[15]

God TV in Europe (Including UK & Nordic nations)[edit]

God TV is transmitted in the UK on Sky satellite channel 580, Freesat channel 694,[16] Virgin Media channel 249, WightFibre, and Smallworld Cable.

The Angel Foundation is God TV's registered charity in the UK and is regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Based at Angel House in Sunderland, England, the Angel Foundation states that it is committed to "the advancement of the Christian religion and education, and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness." [17] As of 2010 God TV was "potentially available to up to 14 million homes in the UK".[18]

God TV's programming has won awards from the UK Christian Broadcasting Council, including Best Live Event Programme in 2011 for Angus Buchan's Mighty Men Event [19] and Best Youth Programme for Soul Survivor Extra.[20]

Some European networks carry God TV in their satellite and cable television packages in Belgium, France,[21] Germany,[22] Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. The channel is also available through P2PTV service Zattoo. God TV has a European Regional Office in Hamburg, Germany.

In December 2013, God TV held a 'Winter Celebration' event in Norway with Andrew Wommack, Nathan Morris and Roy Fields. Following this Rory and Wendy Alec announced they would build a 'Revival Prayer Centre' in Plymouth. [23] According to The Herald (Plymouth) GOD TV signed a 25 year lease in 2013 for the Boulevard building in Union Street, Plymouth, a disused former cinema and nightclub. The Revival Prayer Centre will be consecrated in January 2014 by Benny Hinn. [24]

God TV in Africa[edit]

God TV became available via satellite throughout in Africa in 2002 [25] It is available in Southern Africa via the public bouquet of DSTV and can be watched on the TOP TV satellite platform in South Africa.[26] In December 2011, an agreement was concluded for the terrestrial transmission of God TV in Kenya on Kiss TV.[27] The network has an African office in Cape Town, and an East African office in Nairobi, Kenya.

Angus Buchan's Mighty Men Conference was transmitted live on God TV from South Africa, with 400,000 men in attendance,[28] and evangelist Reinhard Bonnke was filmed live from Nigeria.[29]

In December 2011, God TV hosted its first major Christmas production, entitled 'Christmas With God TV' which was recorded in Cape Town and broadcast globally.[30]

God TV in the Middle East[edit]

God TV has broadcast from Israel since 2001.

The network hosts tours to Israel which include visiting Bible sites and staging events that are broadcast worldwide. The largest tour to date was in 2008 with 1,800 tour goers who attended 'A Celebration of Israel's 60th Anniversary'. Held at the Davidson Center alongside the Western Wall in the Old City, this was attended by both Jewish and Christian guests.[31]

In 2009 God TV partnered with the Jewish National Fund (JNF) US$500,000 to plant trees on land said to be inhabited by Bedouin tribes in Israel's Negev region. A coalition of Jewish and Arab human rights groups denounced the project, accusing God TV and the JNF of teaming up to force the Bedouin out of the area to make way for Jewish communities.[32]

God TV has broadcast a 'Middle East Special' focusing on the work of Canon Andrew White, who is known as "the Vicar of Baghdad." The author of the book 'Faith Under Fire' he leads St George's Church in Iraq which God TV supports monthly helping it to provide food for beleaguered Christians and Muslims in this war-torn city.

God TV in Asia[edit]

God TV launched in Asia in 2002. The network can be viewed by cable in cities across India; Indian Television.com includes God TV in its list of "best-known spiritual channels."[33] Local programming includes Indian evangelist Sam P. Chelladurai. God TV's Asia and the Middle East regional office is in Chennai, India.

The network started reaching China in 2008,[34] viewable via satellite in Greater China and via cable in Nepal, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Macau.[35]

God TV is also available in Sri Lanka where it has an office in Colombo. Three million viewers can watch GOD TV via cable in Pakistan and it is also on cable in the Mountain Kingdom of Nepal.

God TV in Australia[edit]

God TV launched in Australia and New Zealand in 2005 [36] and can be watched on the Optus D2 satellite.[37] God TV's office for this region is situated in Melbourne. God TV launched in the South Sea nation of Vanuatu in 2013.

Charitable Work[edit]

Through its network of Angel charities, God TV supports humanitarian projects internationally. God TV assists children in South Africa through the Jesus Cares Feeding initiative, a project in Rustenburg headed by Cliff and Andre Scott. God TV also cares for HIV/AIDS orphans by supporting Kondanani Children's Village in Malawi, founded by Annie Chikhwaza.[38] It supports an orphanage in Sri Lanka and the International Children's Mission in Kenya.

A major recipient of aid from God TV is the The Foundation for Reconciliation and Relief in the Middle East and St George's Church in Baghdad, led by Andrew White, which was the beneficiary of funds given by God TV following its Middle East Special.[39]

In the UK God TV supports Mercy Ministries, a charity supporting young women suffering from abuse.

A target of God TV's humanitarian work is to provide clean water in arid regions of Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) where it has drilled water wells. A community 'Life Center' has also been built in Tanzania in conjunction with Pat Boone.[40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mission Statement". God TV. 
  2. ^ Linde, Steve. "Live from Jerusalem, it's God TV!", The Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem, 26 May 2007.
  3. ^ God TV Facts and Figures. [1]
  4. ^ Daly, Patrick. 'GOD TV supporters given sneak peek at new Plymouth home' - "The television channel hopes to turn the space into a 1,400-seater venue used to host conferences and events which they would broadcast to 250 million homes worldwide.", The Herald (Plymouth), 31 January 2014.
  5. ^ Popham, Peter. 'Putting the Spirit in the Sky' - "Two young charismatic Christians have come out of nowhere and... enabled the televangelists to get a foot inside British television's door. Their names are Rory and Wendy Alec… Their baby is Christian Channel Europe, and it is the first dedicated Christian channel to cover the continent of Europe.", The Independent on Sunday, London, 1 October 1995.
  6. ^ McCann, Paul. "Rory and Wendy Bring God up to date", The Independent, London, 2 December 1997.
  7. ^ New World Schedule' God TV
  8. ^ 'God TV to broadcast Global Day of Prayer live', Christianity Today 25 May 2009.
  9. ^ 'God TV, Musicians Partner Against Human Trafficking', Dakota Voice, 29 January 2009.
  10. ^ '30 Emerging Voices' - "The Alecs... produce programs that are hip and sophisticated for younger viewers who can't stomach most other religious programming. Unless other broadcasters figure out a way to reconnect with younger viewers, it is likely that God TV's debut in the United States will send channel surfers in the Alecs' direction.", Charisma (magazine), Lake Mary, FL, 31 July 2005.
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ 'God TV Tops 20 Million Homes in the USA' - "Global Christian broadcaster expands its distribution base to several key cities."
  13. ^ 'God TV: What would Jesus watch?'- "God TV, a global Christian broadcasting network, today announces that viewers throughout Central Florida can now watch the network on channel 55.2."
  14. ^ [3]
  15. ^ Boone, Pat 'Living What We Believe', WorldNetDaily, 31 July 2010.
  16. ^ [4]
  17. ^ 'Angel Foundation, the' Charities Direct.com
  18. ^ [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/business-diary-krugman-sticks-it-to-the-fed-2050081.html 'Where to hear the word of God', The Independent Business Diary, Thursday, 12 August 2010.
  19. ^ 'Excellent directing from God TV. A very special production with excellent teaching from Angus.' CBC Media Awards, Best Live Event Programme, Angus Buchan's Mighty Men Event, Gold, The Christian Broadcasting Council of the UK, London
  20. ^ 'A different way to produce a major youth event... exciting, vibrant and beyond the norm.' CBC Media Awards, Best Youth Programme, Soul Survivor Extra, Gold, The Christian Broadcasting Council of the UK, London
  21. ^ "God TV, la télévision évangéliste, propose une programmation basée sur la foi et la lecture de la Bible. Leur objectif : inviter un milliard d'âmes à assister à des conférences, des débats, de l'enseignement religieux. Aider à mieux vivre sa foi, voilà l'objectif de God TV."
  22. ^ 'CHRISTLICHES TV IN DEUTSCHLAND'
  23. ^ 'TV studio could help galvanise revival', The Herald (Plymouth) 20 May 2013.
  24. ^ 'Benny Hinn to consecrate GOD TV Revival Prayer Centre', The Herald (Plymouth) 7 January 2014.
  25. ^ Carew, Douglas. 'Switch on to God TV - a heavenly new channel' - "South Africans now have satellite access to a TV station named after God, after God TV hit the country's television airwaves"., Cape Argus, Cape Town, 31 May 2002 .
  26. ^ 'TOP TV'
  27. ^ - "Yesterday saw the conclusion of an agreement between Kiss TV and the world's biggest christian broadcaster, God TV... We have come to an agreement with Kiss TV to broadcast only the best content from God TV. Kiss viewers will watch God TV between 5-9 am every morning."
  28. ^ 'God TV to air Angus Buchan men's conference', Christianity Today 23 April 2009
  29. ^ 'Christian Television World First for God TV' - "America's newest Christian network, God TV today announced that it will be screening world-renowned Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke’s latest mass crusade – LIVE from West Africa to the USA and across the globe next week", 25 May 2007.
  30. ^ 'God TV will air footage of its Christmas event, which was pre-recorded in Cape Town, South Africa. Some of South Africa’s finest musicians were shown during their on-stage performances. The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, joined by those artists, performed jazz renditions of such holiday favorites as "Silent Night", "Jingle Bells", and "O Holy Night". - "Our Christmas concert in Cape Town blessed all who attended and will touch even more lives when it is broadcast globally on God TV. This is the first time we've done a Christmas production on a large scale and judging from the response from the audience, viewers are going to love it!"said Rory Alec, one of the founding fathers of God TV.
  31. ^ 'Thousands Gather for God TV Israel Tour', Christianity Today 2 November 2007.
  32. ^ 'Jesus Recruited: God-TV Helps Israel Oust Bedouin.' - "Half a million trees planted over the past 18 months on the ancestral lands of Bedouin tribes in Israel's Negev region were bought by a controversial Christian evangelical television channel that calls itself God-TV.", Palestine Chronicle, 28 December 2010.
  33. ^ Pherwanieema, Sseema. 'Indiantelevision.com Special Report' "There are millions of viewers across the country seeking salvation via the tube. In an angst driven and time-pressed society, viewers are lapping up the best of what the spiritual channels have to offer. A few years ago, there were just a few of them… Now there are many more - there is Aastha, Sanskar, Sadhana, Jagran, God TV , Miraclenet and QTV, to name the better known ones.", 4 June 2005.
  34. ^ 'God TV debuts in China' - "For the past four years, global Christian broadcaster God TV has been steadily making inroads into the Far East with daily broadcasts in Hong Kong. But now, in an unprecedented development, millions in China can access God TV's mix of Christian programming 24-hours-a-day."., Christianity Today 20 October 2008.
  35. ^ "This video was made by us for God TV to showcase the effect God TV has had in the country of India. We have used a concept of a map in 3d, where the protagonist walks through the country as such and points to different locations explaining the reach and progress God TV has made in that area."
  36. ^ 'Free Christian Satellite TV - Australia and NZ'
  37. ^ - 'FREE CHRISTIAN SATELLITE TV - Australia and NZ'
  38. ^ 'God TV Celebrates 10 Years in Africa' - "God TV also has a strong charitable outreach in other African nations. In South Africa it helps feed hundreds of school children daily through Jesus Cares Ministries and it supports Kondanani Children's Village in Malawi, a country of one million orphans. It has assisted with a hydro-electric water project in Zambia and the drilling of several wells to provide clean water to desperate villagers in arid areas of Kenya and Tanzania." Faith That Inspires Action - Posted by Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield.
  39. ^ 'God TV Focuses on the Middle East' - "The God TV family will also be praying for the people of the Middle East and extending a hand of compassion by giving a portion of the funds raised through the broadcasts to the persecuted congregation of St Georges Church in Baghdad, Iraq. God TV regularly supports these Iraqi believers who are making a bold stand for Christ, and Rory Alec led a God TV team to Iraq in May to bring viewers an update on how they are making a difference in people's lives in this war-torn country." Christian Newswire, 7 June 2011
  40. ^ 'God TV Brings Christian Values to Millions' - "I’ve been participating in a fabulous project mounted by God TV, the worldwide satellite Christian channel... They’ve launched a gigantic program called “Cape Town to Cairo,” a beautifully conceived plan to drill deep freshwater wells up and down the whole continent of Africa, where people by the millions are languishing without clean water." Pat Boone, Newsmax, Monday, 2 Aug 2010,

External links[edit]

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_TV