The Inspiration Network
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|The Inspiration Network|
|Owned by||The Inspiration Networks|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Headquarters||Indian Land, South Carolina|
|Formerly called||PTL (1974–1990)|
|Dish Network||Channel 259|
|Available on most cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
|Sky Angel||Channel 131|
|AT&T U-Verse||Channel 564|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 242|
The Inspiration Network, also known as INSP, features family entertainment programming based television network headquartered in Indian Land, South Carolina, near Charlotte. It is the flagship network of parent company The Inspiration Networks, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Inspiration Ministries. It features a mixture of family value-based and religious programming with programs from more than 70 different ministries representing more than 20 different Protestant or Protestant-based religious denominations, plus original programming for children, teens, and families. The network is also seen on various Ion Television network affiliates during the overnight hours, in addition to its own cable network.
As of August 2013, approximately 74,631,000 American households (65.35% of households with television) receive INSP.
The network was originally founded in the 1970s as the PTL Satellite Network, by Christian televangelists Jim Bakker and wife Tammy Faye Bakker, notable for their daily Christian variety program, The PTL Club. During the Bakkers' tenure, the network later became known as the PTL Television Network and finally PTL – The Inspirational Network. In 1990, following Jim Bakker's resignation that ultimately sent the PTL ministry, as well as Heritage USA – a Christian family theme park near Fort Mill, SC where the network was originally located – into bankruptcy. San Diego-based televangelist Morris Cerullo bought the cable television network for $7 million from the United States Bankruptcy Court in Columbia, South Carolina.
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After the Bakkers' departure in the late 1980s, the PTL call letters had been dropped and the network renamed simply The Inspirational Network in an effort to make it more marketable to cable systems and distance it from PTL and the Bakkers. After Morris Cerullo's purchase of the network, his son David and his family moved from San Diego to Charlotte to oversee operations with David Cerullo ultimately assuming the title of Chief Executive Officer. The network was moved from the grounds of the former Heritage USA to a newly constructed broadcast facility in Charlotte, North Carolina and rebranded as "The New Inspirational Network", later becoming "INSP – The Inspirational Network" and then "INSP – The Inspiration Network". In the fall of 2008, the network debuted a new logo and dropped "Network" from its name. The network was known for a time simply as Inspiration but continued to use the abbreviated name INSP.
In October 2010, the network announced a major rebranding with an added emphasis on family programming. Infomercials, which were once a part of the weekend and late night lineup were removed and reruns of popular family-oriented secular programming were added in prime time, including The Waltons, Wind at My Back, Our House and Highway to Heaven, including other secular family oriented shows, specials and movies. Along with the rebranding came a new logo, tagline and a return to the INSP moniker in place of the more formal "Inspiration" name. The broadcast facility remains in Charlotte, while the network's offices have been relocated to a newly constructed campus known as the City of Light in Indian Land, South Carolina, a Charlotte suburb. All of the network's operations and broadcast facilities are eventually to be consolidated in planned facilities to be ultimately constructed at the South Carolina campus. David Cerullo remains as its CEO, with wife Barbara, son Ben, and daughter Becky all working in various leadership roles at the network.
In addition to being broadcast throughout the world on most major cable and satellite providers, INSP is broadcast on Dish Network Channel 259. The network was originally added to Dish on August 28, 2008. A brief carriage dispute took place in August 2011 that caused INSP to be removed from the Dish lineup for three weeks. After several fan petitions were started and overwhelming negative public outcry over the network's removal, Dish Network agreed to add INSP back to its lineup on August 31, 2011. INSP continued to add more family-oriented programs and films to its lineup, and its roster of series now includes Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, The Waltons, Bonanza, Matlock, The Brady Bunch, The Big Valley, Little House on the Prairie, Happy Days, The High Chaparral and The Virginian. In late September 2013, INSP added newer programming to its lineup, including JAG (TV series), Christy (TV series), Robin Hood (2006 TV series), and Lark Rise to Candleford (TV series). Christian programming, once a large majority of the network's schedule, has gradually been reduced since 2010; it is now only seen between 2:00AM and 12:00PM weekdays (and on Sundays until primetime), with family-oriented secular series and films airing outside of those hours.
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