June 14, 1997 |
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.
July 1, 1990 |
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 |
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.
February 24, 1988 |
"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.
March 31, 1987 |
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.
August 9, 1989 |
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 |
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.
March 27, 1991 |
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.
September 28, 1988 |
His race is behind him. So former Republican Presidential candidate Pat Robertson--who bristled so when reporters called him a TV evangelist instead of a businessman on the campaign trail--is now back hosting "The 700 Club" (weekdays at 6 a.m. on KTLA Channel 5) and being, well, a TV evangelist. Or was it Robertson the "businessman" who, eyes tightly shut, concluded Monday's edition of his Virginia Beach, Va.
June 9, 1990 |
Officials of Oral Roberts University are predicting that evangelist Morris Cerullo, who beat them in a bid to purchase the PTL satellite network, will not be able to complete the deal. The trustee for the defunct PTL ministries originally accepted the university's $6-million purchase price for the Inspirational Network. But on May 30, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Columbia, S.C.