INSP (TV channel)

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Official logo for INSP.jpeg
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersIndian Land, South Carolina
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Key peopleDavid Cerullo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Dale Ardizzone Chief Operating Officer
Mark Favaro Executive VP Worldwide Sales
Doug Butts Senior VP Programming
Launched1978; 43 years ago (1978)
Former namesPTL – The Inspirational Network (1978–90)
The Inspiration Network (1990–2010)
Available on most US cable systemsChannels vary by cable provider
DirecTVChannel 364 (HD/SD)
Dish NetworkChannel 259 (HD/SD)
AT&T U-VerseChannel 564 (SD)
Verizon FiOSChannel 286 (SD)
Channel 786 (HD)
Streaming media
Sling TVInternet protocol television
PhiloInternet Protocol television
Fubo TVInternet Protocol television
Frndly TVInternet Protocol television
VidgoInternet Protocol television SelectTV and Evoca

INSP (formerly The Inspiration Network; the initialism is sounded out letter-by-letter) is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that features family entertainment programming. INSP is headquartered in Indian Land, South Carolina, near Charlotte, North Carolina. It is wholly owned by Inspiration Ministries. Between 1991 and 2010, INSP was a non-profit ministry focused network. In October 2010, it was re-branded and launched as a socially conservative, commercial-supported family entertainment network with Nielsen C3 ratings status. As of 2021, approximately 82 million households receive INSP.[1]


INSP was founded in 1978 as the PTL Television Network, a religious television network founded by Christian televangelists Jim Bakker and his wife, Tammy Faye Bakker. The network was the flagship channel for their daily Christian variety program, The PTL Club. The network later became known as the PTL Satellite Network and finally PTL – The Inspirational Network.

In 1990, after Jim Bakker resigned, the PTL Television network filed for bankruptcy. Morris Cerullo World Evangelism eventually purchased the network from the United States Bankruptcy Court in Columbia, South Carolina. Morris’ son, David, was later named CEO of the network. David Cerullo remains as its CEO, with wife Barbara and son Ben working in various leadership roles at the network.[2]

In October 2010, the network announced a major re-branding with an added emphasis on family programming. Along with the re-branding came a new logo, tagline and name change from Inspiration to INSP.


Currently INSP features mostly Westerns (both series and movies) with religious programming in the early mornings.[3][4]

Original programming[edit]

In its early years, INSP produced numerous original specials, concerts, and inspirational[5][6] entertainment programs.

The development of original entertainment content became a focus after the 2010 re-brand,[7] beginning with A Walton’s Family Reunion, starring surviving cast members of The Waltons who journey back to Walton's Mountain almost 30 years after the series ended its iconic run.

In 2011, a web network entitled Moments was launched. Originally airing exclusively on INSP, Moments is an original, short-form inspirational video series that ranges in formats like documentary, narrative, and interviews, with each sharing an uplifting story. One of the short videos featured, "Thank You For Your Service", quickly went viral and has been featured on ABC’s The View, the Pentagon Channel, and USAA’s web site, as well as several national conventions and conferences, to include the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America and Jewish War Veterans. In 2013, INSP was honored by the Vietnam War Commemoration for Thank You For Your Service. General Claude “Mick” Kicklighter noted the video's impact; “This stirring tribute never fails to inspire deep emotions. It has helped bring healing and encouragement to true patriots, many of whom have felt taken for granted and ignored.”[8]

Old Henry is a series of interstitials on INSP that starred Ralph Waite (The Waltons) and Rachel Hendrix (October Baby). The drama initially aired in October 2013 as a series of six interstitials, with a 30-minute version produced to incorporate the entire series along with never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews.[9]

In early 2014, INSP moved forward in their commitment to original content, creating the position of Vice President of Original Programming.[10]

In 2015, INSP co-produced, with Susie Films, an original American reality television series entitled Handcrafted America. Handcrafted America originally aired exclusively on INSP. After its linear run, the series was licensed by Amazon Prime. In Handcrafted America, host Jill Wagner travels the country to seek out talented artisans who continue to make products the traditional way—with their own two hands. Throughout each program, artisans are given the opportunity to reveal the history and cultural heritage that inspire and influence the design of their handcrafted products.

In 2016, INSP co-produced, with RIVR Media, an original American reality television series entitled State Plate. State Plate originally aired exclusively on INSP. It is now available on streaming services. The series stars former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, who travels the country tasting each state's most symbolic and popular foods, from appetizers and main courses to sides and desserts. Maureen McCormick also served as a guest host on the show.

Facilities and studio[edit]

INSP originally was headquartered in studios and offices in Charlotte, North Carolina. The broadcast facility remains in Charlotte, while the network's offices have been relocated to a newly constructed campus known as CrossRidge (formerly named the City of Light) in Indian Land, South Carolina.[11][12] All of the network's operations and broadcast facilities are eventually to be consolidated in facilities planned for construction at the South Carolina campus.[citation needed]


INSP has been honored with several industry awards in television:

  • 2012: The PTC Seal of Approval from the Parents Television Council[13]
  • 2012: Cablefax FAXIES Awards finalist in two categories; Trade Show Marketing/PR and Direct Response Marketing[14][15]
  • 2013: Nominated in the Category for Human Concerns at The New York Film & Television Festival[16]
  • 2014: CableFax Digital Awards finalist in their Social Good Campaign for[17]
  • 2014: Telly Awards:
    • The Silver award in the Category of Entertainment for Going Home[18]
    • The Bronze award in the Category of Entertainment for Italian Family[19]
    • The Bronze award in the Category of Use of Humor for Italian Family
  • 2016: CableFax Program Award: Jill Wagner, Best Family Friendly Host, “Handcrafted America Season 1”[20]
  • 2017: Telly Awards:
    • The Bronze award in the Category of General Cultural for ‘’Handcrafted America’’[21]
    • The Bronze award in the Category of General Travel/Tourism for ‘’Handcrafted America’’
  • 2017: CableFax Program Award: Taylor Hicks, Best Family Friendly Host, “State Plate”[22]


  1. ^ "INSP Distribution". INSP.
  2. ^ Chris Kraul (June 1, 1990). "S.D. Evangelist Gets OK to Buy Bakker's PTL Cable Network – Deal: At $7 million, Morris Cerullo outbid Oral Roberts for the bankrupt holdings. He also plans to buy the grounds of the former Heritage USA theme park for $45 million". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "Inspiration Network: Family Friendly Fun". The Largest Online Jewish Business Directory and Marketplace. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  4. ^ "INSP | TV Schedule".
  5. ^ "Mark Lowry Bio | Mark Lowry Career". MTV. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  6. ^ @InspirationMins. "Where Do People Go When They Die?Where Do People Go When They Die?". Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  7. ^ Weirton Daily Times (2013-06-23). "City native holds post with family channel in N.C. - | news, sports, jobs - Weirton, Hancock County — Weirton Daily Times". Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  8. ^ "INSP Teams with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families | VWCC News - News | Vietnam War Commemoration". 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  9. ^ "Old Henry Synopsis". INSP.
  10. ^ 1/21/2014 12:23 PM Eastern (2014-01-21). "INSP Adds Craig Miller to Head Original Programming". Multichannel. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  11. ^ "The Inspiration Networks City of Light Corporate Campus | Southeast Construction | McGraw-Hill Construction". Southeast Construction. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  12. ^ "About". Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  13. ^ "INSP Network Earns PTC Seal of Approval". 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  14. ^ "The CableFAX FAXIES and Sales Executive of the Year Executives Finalists :: CableFax Portal". Archived from the original on 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  15. ^ "Bravo Nominated for 9 Prestigious TV Awards | Bravo TV Dish | Official News". 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  16. ^ "New York Festivals - 2014 World's Best Television & Films™ Winners". Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  17. ^ "The CableFAX Digital & Tech Awards Luncheon - March 13 :: CableFax Portal". 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  18. ^ INSP-GoingHome-Image 24p-h.264 INSP (HD). Vimeo. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  19. ^ INSP Family. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2016 – via YouTube.
  20. ^ "CableFax Program Award".
  21. ^ Handcrafted America. 2017 – via Telly Awards.
  22. ^ "CableFax Program Award- Best Host Family Friendly".

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