New Evangelization Television

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New Evangelization Television
NET Logo 2008.jpg
Launched 1988
Owned by DeSales Media Group, a subsidiary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn[1]
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan "It's Good TV"
Country United States
Headquarters 1712 10th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Formerly called The Prayer Channel (1988 — December 8, 2008)
Time Warner Cable of New York City Channel 97
Cablevision of Brooklyn Channel 30
Streaming media Live stream

New Evangelization Television, or NET, is a Christian-centered cable television channel based in Brooklyn, New York, formerly known as The Prayer Channel. The channel broadcasts news, entertainment, children’s shows, and music, as well as religious programs.[2]


In 1960, six superintendents from the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Brooklyn, Rockville Center, Bridgeport, Newark and Jersey City, as well as the Archdiocese of New York, decided to use television as a means of education within their parochial schools. In 1965, production by the Brooklyn diocese began on educational and religious shows for Catholic schools in the area, under the name Instructional Television Associates (ITA). In 1966, the newly reflagged Catholic Television Network (CTN) began broadcast from Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn.[3] CTN still produces religious and educational material for schools.

Initially broadcast during excess time on the schedule (after school, on weekends and during summertime), The Prayer Channel was spun off from CTN in 1988. The Prayer Channel was developed via an advisory group of people in church media and diocesan agencies. Also, surveys were conducted within parishes to develop what this new channel would be. It began broadcasting as a daytime channel — either 8 am or 8:30 am until 4 pm or 4:30 pm. Gradually it added weekend daytime, then expanded to 10 pm and then twenty-four hours in 1990. The first programming schedules had a small percentage of in-house programming. Series produced by the channel included Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Sacred Songs and The Rosary.

The channel was seen on all four cable systems serving New York City at the time, with Cablevision being the fourth to add the channel in late 1989.[4] By 1989, it was available to 125,000 people and broadcast seven days a week from Park Slope, Brooklyn.[5]

Recent years[edit]

Inspired by the call from Pope John Paul II for "New Evangelization" in the media, the channel revamped its image, mission and name on December 8, 2008, becoming New Evangelization Television.[6] Television, radio, bus and web advertising, created by the Los Angeles-based Forza Migliozzi, featured the Devil urging people to reject "good TV" and instead watch "bad TV" like "reality shows with mindless plots" and "offensive" music videos.[1] An interactive Devil from the award winning campaign can be seen at At the launch, the channel's goal was to feature programming that featured New York City as its canvas and appealed to a more-diverse audience than what is typical for many religious television channels. In 2009, the channel launched its Catholic Daily News program Currents, a news-magazine program, which combines exclusive interviews and features that focus on stories of faith.[2]

In 2010, the channel received its first Emmy Award nomination for its original program Mysteries of the Church in the religious-programming category.[7]


  • Currents — a news-magazine program reporting on stories that matter to Christian faith, the first daily Catholic-news program[citation needed]
  • Mysteries of the Church — examines the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Faith, such as exorcism, stigmata and the Eucharist
  • Breaking Bread[6]documentary-style programs that depict local restaurants in Brooklyn and Queens.
  • Faith Film Festival — showcases films related to the Catholic faith
  • iCTHuS.eQ.[6] Music variety show, includes interviews and music videos of Christian musicians
  • Ask the Doctor — a call-in show that has viewer’s questions fielded by a panel of doctors and other medical professionals
  • Too Blessed to be Stressed — a televised radio show by the Catholic group Jovenes de Valor ministry; originates from Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  • In The Arena — a current events and public affairs interview program involving issues that are of interest to Catholics in New York City.
  • Liturgy: The Holy Mass and Holy Rosary — live Mass at Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Brooklyn, and the Holy Rosary
  • Collar on Call — a live, confidential call-in service offering counseling and advice from a Catholic priest
  • Classic Cinema — classic movie showcase


  1. ^ a b "DeSales Media Group - Diocese of Brooklyn Communications and Technology". Retrieved September 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Pronechen, Joseph (2010-04-24). "Putting Out into the Deep to Cast the NET". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  3. ^ Pollack, Michael (November 28, 2008). "F.Y.I.". The New York Times. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ Bell, Charles W. (October 23, 2004). "Prayer on Cable Makes Connection". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Kowalski, B.J. (March 29, 1989). "Prayer Channel Now On 7 Days a Week". Newsday. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Starr, Michael (November 27, 2008). "Faith Reaches Cable". New York Post. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ [dead link] Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. New York Emmy Awards. N.p., Spring 2010. Web. 5 April 2010. < 2010_NY_Emmy_Award_Nominations_May_3_2010.pdf>.