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Type Religious broadcasting
Country United Kingdom, United States, Israel, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka
Availability Satellite worldwide, Cable and Terrestrial in some countries, Online.
Slogan "The Revolution Continues!"
Headquarters Jerusalem, Plymouth, Chennai
Owner Owned by several Angel Charities globally. Worldwide broadcast licence is held by Angel Christian Television Trust Inc[1]
Launch date
Former names
Christian Channel Europe, GOD Digital
Official website

GOD TV is an international faith-based television network that claims a potential[vague] viewership of 1 billion viewers.[2] It is said to be available in 300 million homes.[3]

GOD TV is based in the UK, USA and Israel. Its broadcast uplink is located in Israel[4] and its operational headquarters in Plymouth, England.[5] Regional offices are situated in Orlando, Hamburg, Cape Town, Nairobi, Chennai, Colombo and Melbourne. GOD TV employs 200 people worldwide.[6]

GOD TV broadcasts non-denominational programming in line with the UK Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith. It's 24-hour schedule features Christian leaders of different backgrounds, ranging from Anglican to Pentecostal, Full Gospel and Messianic Jewish. GOD TV also produces its own programming and has won awards from the Christian Broadcasting Council of the UK.

GOD TV has a single worldwide schedule with five regional variations: USA; UK & Europe; Africa; Asia and Australasia. Each region carries local programming.

Wendy Alec is the network’s creative director. Ward Simpson is GOD TV's President and CEO. He was appointed on 1 October 2016 and has experience in business and ministry.[7]


Rory and Wendy Alec in GOD TV's first transmission suite in Newcastle, England.

GOD TV was started by Rory and Wendy Alec in England in 1995 as the Christian Channel Europe, the Continent's first daily Christian television network. It started broadcasting on 1 October, initially with two hours each day.[8] This increased to seven hours in 1997 and 24-hours in 1999. The 'GOD' logo appeared in 1997 and the Christian Channel was rebranded as the GOD Channel. The GOD Channel became part of the Dream Family Network, later known as GOD Digital and then GOD TV in 2002. The same year GOD TV's broadcast uplink was moved to Israel. This provided for international expansion via satellite and GOD TV was launched across Africa and Asia with new offices in Cape Town and Chennai.[9]

In 2003 a GOD TV office was established in the USA in Orlando FL, in 2004 a European office opened in Hamburg. Germany and in 2005 GOD TV launched across Australia and New Zealand. GOD TV launched on DIRECTV, America’s largest satellite platform in 2006[10] and opened a new office in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2008. GOD TV also expanded into China during 2008.[11] Further offices were opened in Nairobi and Melbourne in 2009.

Rory Alec was the network’s CEO from 1995 to 2014. GOD TV announced on 2 October 2014 that he had resigned due to "moral failure."[12]


GOD TV has a 24 hour schedule of international programming, often from a British perspective and includes live broadcasts of Christian events. Various Christian leaders, countries and ministry sectors are covered.

Speakers range from US Bible teachers, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Andrew Wommack, Kenneth Copeland and John Hagee to British church leaders, Canon Andrew White, Nicky Gumbel and Mike Pilavachi. International ministry leaders include South African evangelist, Angus Buchan; Australian pastors, Brian Houston, Phil Pringle, Russell Evans and Ashley Evans; German evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke; and prominent Asian Bible teachers, Joseph Prince from Singapore and Sam Chelladurai from India.

Ministry streams cover evangelism and revival: Benny Hinn, Nathan Morris John & Carol Arnott, Bill Johnson, Che Ahn, and Todd White. Prophetic voices include Rick Joyner, Cindy Jacobs, Patricia King and Kim Clement. The 'End Time Prayer Movement' is a key focus with conferences from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City with Mike Bickle; TheCall with Lou Engle; and TheCRY with Faytene Grasseschi.

Bible Prophecy speakers consist of Chuck Missler, Paul McGuire Joel Rosenburg and Jack Van Impe. Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis is a regular apologetics authority. Rabbi Jonathan Bernis, Sid Roth and the International Christian Embassy provide a Messianic Jewish perspective.

Worship leaders featured on GOD TV are Matt Redman, Tim Hughes and Martin Smith from the UK; The PlanetShakers Band; Hillsong Music and Darlene Zschech from Australia; and Misty Edwards, Jason Upton, Phil Wickham, Israel Houghton, Jesus Culture and Bethel Music from the USA.

Much of GOD TV's programming caters to a youth audience.[13] The network aims to air 'relevant youth programming' that comprises series and events from Soul Survivor with Mike Pilavachi and Andy Croft; !Audacious with Glyn Barrett; RockNations with Steve Gambill and; The Ramp with Karen Wheaton. Youth events often feature top bands such as Leeland; Switchfoot; Rend Collective Experiment; Jars of Clay; Guvna B and New World Son.

GOD TV themed series support causes such as ending Human Trafficking[14] Themed weekends have included The Persecuted Church season and the Refugees #LoveYourNeighbour Season.

Wendy Alec is the executive producer of GOD TV's original programming which includes In Depth interview series and documentaries. 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.[15]

Regular series on GOD TV[edit]

Other speakers include Michael Koulianos, Banning Liebscher, Lou Engle, Rick Joyner, Bill Johnson, Heidi Baker, Todd White, Ben Fitzgerald, Faytene Grasseschi, Randy Clark, Mark Chironna, Roberts Liardon, Lance Wallnau, Steven Furtick and Ann Graham Lotz.

Some of GOD TV's speakers are considered controversial.[further explanation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[16] It can also be seen in some US cities via cable[17] and on satellite via Galaxy 19 (97W) in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

GOD TV launched in Orlando, Florida in 2012, when it became available on channel 55.2 via digital terrestrial transmission.[18] 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.[19] The network maintains an office in Orlando.

American singer, actor and writer Pat Boone endorses GOD TV, and has participated in its work.[20]

GOD TV in the UK and Europe[edit]

GOD TV broadcasting live from Plymouth in 2014

GOD TV is transmitted in the UK on Sky satellite channel 580, Freesat channel 694,[21] Virgin Media channel 287, 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 in Plymouth, 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."[22] As of 2010 GOD TV was "potentially available to up to 14 million homes in the UK".[23]

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[24] and Best Youth Programme for Soul Survivor Extra.[25]

Some European networks carry GOD TV in their satellite and cable television packages in Belgium, France,[26] Germany,[27] 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.

GOD TV in Africa[edit]

GOD TV became available via satellite throughout in Africa in 2002[28] GOD TV Africa (Angel Television Africa) has offices in Cape Town and Nairobi, Kenya.

GOD TV's programming can be accessed in Southern Africa via satellite (Multichoice) or watched on channel 362 of StarSat in South Africa.[29] In December 2011, an agreement was concluded for the terrestrial transmission of GOD TV in Kenya on Kiss TV.[30] The network

Angus Buchan's Mighty Men Conference was transmitted live on GOD TV from South Africa, with 400,000 men in attendance,[31] and evangelist Reinhard Bonnke was filmed live from Nigeria.[32]

In December 2011, GOD TV hosted its first major Christmas production, 'Christmas With GOD TV' which was recorded in Cape Town and broadcast globally.[33]

GOD TV in the Middle East[edit]

GOD TV has broadcast from Israel since 2001.

GOD TV Camera Crew on location in Israel.

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.[34]

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.[35]

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 Asia (Angel Christian Charitable Foundation India) launched in India 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."[36] 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,[37] through Angel Christian Television China Limited, viewable via satellite in Hong Kong, Macau and Greater China.

In Sri Lanka GOD TV has an office in Colombo, operating as GTV Lanka Foundation. Dialog Satellite Television, Sri Lanka Telecom and Apstar Satellite carry GOD TV in Sri Lanka. GOD TV has supported Sri Lankan victims of the Asian Tsunami.[38]

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 Australasia[edit]

GOD TV Australasia (Angel Christian Television Australia Limited) launched in Australia and New Zealand in 2005[39] and can be watched on the Optus D2 satellite.[40] GOD TV's office for this region is situated in Melbourne and is managed by Wayne Knapman.[41]

Local content in Australia includes series such as Victory Life Church - Margaret Court; PlanetShakers [42] and Brian Houston @ Hillsong TV [43] as well as conferences from Hillsong,[44] Stairway Church, Arise NZ,[45] Influencers and C3 Church.

Corrective Services Queensland has allowed Instal-Life to provide equipment enabling inmates across the state to access GOD TV in their cells. Prisons in Western Australia have also installed GOD TV and it is available in other rehabilitation centres and remote indigenous communities.[46]

The Melbourne office also manages Hong Kong, Macau and Greater China. Macau Cable has been broadcasting the GOD TV signal into Macau since 1 October 2006. GOD TV launched it's Greater China service on 16 October 2008 [47] and has televised events from China.[48] The Kingdom Culture Conference has aired on GOD TV from Hong Kong.

GOD TV launched in the South Sea nation of Vanuatu on the 27 April 2013. Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit Island) has access to the GOD TV 24 via terrestrial free to air TV. The Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses Kalosil turned on the signal. GOD TV has been installed in prisons in Vanuatu.[49]

GOD TV is also available on some cable networks in Papua New Guinea.

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.[50] 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 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.[51]

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.[52]


  1. ^ "Mission Statement". GOD TV. 
  2. ^ GOD TV Facts and Figures
  3. ^ Telford, William. 'GOD TV investment paves way for Plymouth Union Street Development' - "The channel can reach 262 million homes worldwide, including 92.6 million in India.", The Herald (Plymouth), 19 February 2014.
  4. ^ Linde, Steve. "Live from Jerusalem, it's GOD TV!" - "GOD TV's 'global transmission center' in Jerusalem beams up satellite feeds of 'a new breed of Christian broadcasting' to some 200 nations and territories 24 hours a day, claiming a potential viewership of up to half a billion people.", The Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem, 26 May 2007.
  5. ^ Daly, Patrick. 'GOD TV buys former Land Registry property' - "GOD TV has purchased the former Land Registry property in Burrington Industrial Estate and plans to use it as a base for its European operation.", The Herald (Plymouth), 19 February 2014.
  6. ^ Telford, William.'GOD TV buys former Land Registry property' - "Two hundred people work for GOD TV worldwide, but the core team will be in Plymouth.", The Herald (Plymouth), 30 April 2014.
  7. ^ - "GOD TV founder Wendy Alec just appointed Ward Simpson as CEO. Simpson's installation is being positioned as a 'new season' for the global network.", Jennifer LeClaire Charisma (magazine), Lake Mary, FL, 3 October 2016.
  8. ^ - 'Christians On TV - The Christian Channel Europe the first Christian cable TV channel in the UK is now being aired.' - "THE FIRST Christian cable TV channel in the UK, The Christian Channel Europe, is now on air. The channel is the first cable TV channel aimed squarely at European Christians. TCCE will be available from the Astra Satellite on the same channel as Sky Soap and Sky Sports 2 between 04:00 and 07:00 GMT daily from November." , Cross Rhythms, 1st December 1995.
  9. ^ GOD TV' BROADCASTS FROM THE HOLY LAND' - "Christian TV programming is beaming from the Holy Land round-the-clock since the United Kingdom-based GOD TV network relocated its broadcast center to Jerusalem. The July move has broadened the network's reach to 80 percent of the world, with millions of homes in India now able to tune in to the GOD Channel via cable.", Charisma (magazine), 31 October 2002.
  10. ^ [Europe's "GOD TV" Expands to the United States - "Europe’s Christian broadcaster GOD TV is scheduled to officially launch in the United States on DirectTV on 6 October 2005."], Christian Today, 29 September 2005.
  11. ^ 'GOD TV debuts in China' - "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. The expansion follows the launch of GOD TV's dedicated Greater China service on 16 October 2008, which is broadcast directly from Jerusalem via two new satellites, providing the entire Far East region with Christian programming.", Christian Today, 20 October 2008.
  12. ^ LeClaire, Jennifer. - "Citing Moral Failure, GOD TV Co-Founder Rory Alec Resigns.", Charisma (magazine), 2 October 2014.
  13. ^ '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.
  14. ^ 'GOD TV, Musicians Partner Against Human Trafficking', Dakota Voice, 29 January 2009.
  15. ^ 'GOD TV to broadcast Global Day of Prayer live', Christianity Today 25 May 2009.
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ 'GOD TV Tops 20 Million Homes in the USA' - "Global Christian broadcaster expands its distribution base to several key cities."
  18. ^ '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."
  19. ^ [2]
  20. ^ Boone, Pat 'Living What We Believe', WorldNetDaily, 31 July 2010.
  21. ^ [3]
  22. ^ 'Angel Foundation, the' Charities Direct.com
  23. ^ [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.
  24. ^ '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
  25. ^ '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
  26. ^ "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."
  28. ^ 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 .
  29. ^ 'StarSat'
  30. ^ - "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."
  31. ^ 'GOD TV to air Angus Buchan men's conference', Christianity Today 23 April 2009
  32. ^ '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.
  33. ^ '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.
  34. ^ 'Thousands Gather for GOD TV Israel Tour', Christianity Today 2 November 2007.
  35. ^ '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.
  36. ^ 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.
  37. ^ '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.
  38. ^ Chathuri Dissanayake 'Buddhist leaders say God TV on Dialog no threat' - "GOD, the evangelical channel of the American New Church is now available to Sri Lankan viewers on request...The God TV Channel has also been involved in the provision of tsunami relief to Sri Lankan victims.". The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka, Sunday, August 05, 2007.
  39. ^ Angel Christian Television Australia Limited is a limited by guarantee Australian public company
  40. ^ Optus D2 at 152.0°E
  41. ^ Wayne is currently the GOD TV Regional Director for Australasia, Hong Kong & Greater China.
  42. ^ Planetshakers on GOD TV
  43. ^ Hillsong Church on GOD TV
  44. ^ Hillsong Conference to broadcast on God TV
  45. ^ Arise Church New Zealand on GOD TV
  46. ^ Instal-Life puts GOD TV into Prisons
  47. ^ 'GOD TV debuts in China' - "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. The expansion follows the launch of GOD TV's dedicated Greater China service on 16 October 2008, which is broadcast directly from Jerusalem via two new satellites, providing the entire Far East region with Christian programming.", Christian Today, 20 October 2008.
  48. ^ GOD TV Airs Ground-Breaking Event from China - Faith News Network
  49. ^ Vanuatu is the 1st Pacific nation to get GOD TV
  50. ^ '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.
  51. ^ '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
  52. ^ '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 August 2010,

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