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July 8, 1989 | From Associated Press
The National Baptist Convention U.S.A. Inc. plans to launch a cable TV news magazine on black life and achievements, the denomination's president, the Rev. T. J. Jemison, announced. It will deal with "education, politics, civics--not just religion--all the problems of the world," said Jemison, who was in Nashville for the denomination's annual meeting and dedication of its new $10-million Baptist World Center. The denomination is the country's third largest Protestant body--7.
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March 22, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
A rival evangelist playing "mean and dirty" was responsible for the revelation that TV evangelist Jim Bakker had a sexual encounter with a church secretary in 1980, Bakker's lawyer said Saturday. "There is not a person in America who would not recognize him," New York attorney Norman Roy Grutman said of the alleged rival evangelist whom the lawyer would not identify.
BUSINESS
June 14, 1997 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRTIER
Cartoons and religion have been staples of Sunday morning television for years. But analysts and industry executives are skeptical about their pairing on the Family Channel envisioned by Fox Kids Worldwide, which this week announced its $1.9-billion purchase of the cable network's parent, International Family Entertainment. Fox Kids, a 50-50 partnership between News Corp.
NEWS
July 1, 1990 | JIM CARLTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1972, during a visit to the Soviet Union, television minister Robert H. Schuller saw himself, the Pope and Billy Graham vilified in a Leningrad museum as those who "preached the lies of Christianity." The Garden Grove minister didn't return to the U.S.S.R. until 1989. But this time, he was embraced, encouraged, honored--and suddenly thrust into taping a television message that ended up being aired on Christmas Day to 200 million Soviet citizens. What happened?
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January 4, 1990 | Dianne Klein, Dianne Klein is a columnist for The Times Orange County Edition.
Dr. Charles Wesley Turner Jr. says God worked through him to deliver the first baby of the decade at a birthing center in Anaheim. Turner says he timed it perfectly, injecting the mother with drugs and telling her to push a minute before midnight. When the baby didn't pop right out, Turner pulled her out with forceps at 15 seconds after 12 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 1988 | PAT H. BROESKE
"Everybody's saying, 'Did you guys engineer all this--or what?' There's no doubt about it. We've got the perfect publicity tie-in." With that, a spokesman for New Century/Vista distribution company laughed and added, "Thank God!" "Pass the Ammo," a feature film that satirizes religion and television--and TV evangelists--does seem timely in light of the current scandal involving TV preacher Jimmy Swaggart.
NEWS
March 31, 1987 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
The appeal and credibility of television preachers have been badly damaged in the aftermath of the fall of PTL chairman Jim Bakker and the resulting controversy, the Los Angeles Times Poll has found. The nationwide survey, conducted last weekend, found that fundamentalists, Pentecostals and other Christians agreed that they will watch television evangelists less, believe them less and contribute less money to their ministries.
NEWS
August 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
Richard Dortch, a former top assistant to PTL founder Jim Bakker, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with the television ministry. In addition, Dortch agreed to testify against Bakker at his fraud and conspiracy trial later this month. George T. Davis, Bakker's attorney, said he was surprised to learn of the plea-bargain arrangement with Dortch. He said that Dortch's testimony "has got to have some effect."
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November 20, 1993 | ALAN SAYRE, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
At first glance, scandals that hit the television empires of evangelists Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Oral Roberts and Robert Tilton appeared to have taken their toll on a business that blossomed throughout much of the 1980s. A.C. Nielsen Co., the overseer of television ratings, says not only have the number of religious shows dropped sharply since 1988, but the number of homes reached by evangelists' broadcasts has gone down.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1991 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yanked without explanation from the Soviet Union's main national television frequency, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller is looking for alternative ways to reach the Soviet audience, a spokesman for the Crystal Cathedral said Tuesday. Schuller, best known for his weekly "Hour of Power" broadcast, had cited his agreement with the Soviet broadcasting agency Gosteleradio to make the broadcasts as a major breakthrough. Schuller's first scheduled broadcast aired Dec.
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