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The Christian Broadcasting Network, or CBN, is a Christian television broadcasting network in the United Statesmarker. Its headquarters and main studios are in Virginia Beach, Virginiamarker.


CBN was founded by televangelist Pat Robertson in 1961 using a religious variety program format that has been successfully used in religious broadcasting ever since. One of the mainstays of the network is The 700 Club, the longest-running program in the variety format. The network's journalistic branch, CBN News, provides news updates to The 700 Club and produces religious news programs such as CBN NewsWatch and Christian World News, and also airs a special hour of prime-time election coverage hosted by Robertson during presidential and mid-term elections in the United States, seen on ABC Family. The half-hour talk-show Living the Life, hosted by 700 Club co-host Terry Meeuwsen, is also seen on ABC Family. CBN also operates online channels on its website, such as the CBN News Channel.

CBN manages Operation Blessing, an international relief and missionary effort, and has has international programming, producing local programs including Solusi in Indonesiamarker and From Heart to Heart in Thailandmarker; CBN India produces five weekly series. There are versions of the The 700 Club aimed at Latin American (Club 700 Hoy) and British audiences (The 700 Club With Paul and Fiona) [89812]. CBN has broadcast programs in over 70 languages.

On April 29, 1977, CBN launched a cable network, CBN Satellite Service. It was later revamped with a mix of both religious and secular programming, and renamed CBN Cable Network. CBN Cable Network eventually became The Family Channel, which was later sold to Fox and known as the Fox Family Channel. Fox later sold it to Disney, which renamed it ABC Family.

CBN is now a production company for The 700 Club, and the other syndicated shows CBN NewsWatch, Christian World News, Living the Life, and One Cubed. CBN and Regent Universitymarker jointly produced the film First Landing. [89813] The current news director is Rob Allman.

Some of CBN's programs are also aired on Sky Angel, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Cornerstone Television, FamilyNet, LeSEA Broadcasting and Middle East Television (which was founded and owned by CBN, until sold in the early 2000s to LeSEA), all Evangelical Christian networks.

Former broadcast stations

At one time, CBN owned a number of radio and television stations, including the following:
  • WYAH-TV (channel 27) in Portsmouth, Virginiamarker was CBN's first station and the group's flagship outlet, purchased by Robertson in 1960. WYAH began operations under CBN ownership in October 1961 and was owned by CBN until 1989. It is currently WGNTmarker, owned by CBS Corporation and affiliated with the co-owned CW Television Network.

  • WHAE-TV (channel 46) in Atlanta, Georgiamarker was CBN's second television station, launched by the ministry in June 1971. CBN changed the station's call letters to WANX-TV in 1977, and sold the outlet in 1984 to the Tribune Company, who renamed the station WGNX. Today it operates as WGCL-TVmarker, a CBS affiliate owned by the Meredith Corporation.

  • In January 1973 CBN purchased KBFI-TV (channel 33) in Dallas, Texasmarker and changed its calls to KXTX-TVmarker. Four months later, a station license trade resulted in CBN moving KXTX-TV to channel 39. KXTX was CBN's last station property when it was sold to LIN Broadcasting in 2000. Currently KXTX is owned by NBC Universal and is an affiliate of the co-owned Spanish-language network Telemundo.

  • CBN planned to build a station on channel 63 in Richmond, Virginiamarker, with the call sign WRNX. The station never made it to air under CBN ownership, as its construction permit was sold in 1983 to a Christian broadcaster and signed on that year. That station was eventually sold and in 1986 became WVRN with a secular schedule. The station itself operated for only five years.

  • CBN operated WXRI (now WKUSmarker), an Christian-formatted FM radio station in Norfolk, Virginiamarker, from 1962 until 1989.

CBN Programs

  • The 700 Club is a news/magazine television program transmitted daily since 1966—one of the longest runs of any program—with Pat Robertson, Terry Meeuwsen, and Gordon Robertson. Broadcasts information and interviews to an average daily audience of one million viewers, both on cable and through syndication.
  • CBN NewsWatch is produced by CBN News, is a half-hour daily news program reporting national and international news from a conservative, Christian perspective. Broadcast nationally on several Christian cable and satellite outlets.
  • Christian World News is a half-hour weekly conservative news program, produced by CBN News. Broadcast nationally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
  • Club 700 Hoy is a half hour Spanish-language weekly television program broadcast throughout Latin America, and in the United States on the US Hispanic network, Azteca America. Produced in a magazine style format. It is a morning show about popular opinion on current issues, and claims to provide answers to life's problems. It presents interviews, informative features, and reality stories about people, places, and music.
  • Living the Life is a magazine-style talk show for women, with interviews, stories, and information on health, relationships, faith, parenting, home, gardening, cooking and other topics.
  • One Cubed USA and One Cubed International are programs about youth culture, action sports, and music videos. It claims a mission statement "to reach this generation to express the unconditional love and salvation that God freely offered to everyone in this world. In everything that is One Cubed, we want to bring glory to God, never compromising and never settling, and always striving to be used by Him to the best of our abilities".


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