Middle East Television

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Middle East Television (METV)
Type Religious and General Entertainment Broadcasting
Country Cyprus
Availability The Middle Eastern countries in western Asia and northeastern Africa, plus Greece and Cyprus
Owner LeSEA Broadcasting
Launch date
April 10, 1982
Official website
www.metv.org

Middle East Television (also known as "METV") is a Christian-based satellite television broadcasting network located in Limassol, Cyprus. Programming on METV includes a mixture of Christian programming, plus non-religious entertainment programs like The Red Green Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Lone Ranger and NFL Football.

On April 10, 1982, a Christian-based television station in South Lebanon, Hope TV, was donated to the Christian Broadcasting Network, and became METV.

On June 5, 1997 METV launched its 24-hour programming broadcast on the Israeli satellite Amos 2. This increased the potential audience from 11 million to 70 million viewers with a signal that is now reaching the entire Middle East.

In anticipation of the Israeli decision to pull out of Southern Lebanon, Middle East Television began searching for a new broadcast facility in May 1999.

On May 2, 2000 Middle East Television completed construction of its new station and began its digital broadcast from Cyprus.

METV was sold to a like-minded ministry, LeSEA Broadcasting, in July 2001.

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