TBN’s New Line Up and Other Changes as of 2017
I noticed that starting some time around January or Feb. 2017, TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network – Christian entity), changed its programming a little bit.
They also changed their P.T.L. (“Praise the Lord”) show.
It’s no longer called PTL – they dropped the “TL” and now just call the show “Praise.”
The PTL show used to come on at 4 p.m., and then later around 9 or 10 p.m.
They not only switched up when the “Praise” show airs, but they changed how the show is run, which I am not happy with.
Previously, for years and years, they would have one person host PTL, then they would have on 3 or 4 guests. If you couldn’t relate to one guest, chances are, you could at least relate to another of the 3 or 4 that were on.
Now, however, the show seems to be cut down from two hours to about 30 or 60 minutes, and they will feature only one guest, usually some famous Christian who is hawking some new book.
I don’t like this format at all, because more often than not, I am not interested in the book, the guest, or I cannot relate to their book or topic.
I wish TBN would revert back to the old format and have 3 – 4 guests on per show, rather than just have one guest, or just one topic per show.
TBN got rid of their “Praise- A -Thons,” which was a good strategy.
Before Jan Crouch died, they were still doing their Praise- A- Thons, which consisted of a bunch of Prosperity Gospel hucksters promising viewers if they sent TBN money, that God would send them a million dollars, or heal them of cancer, or whatever.
These Praise-A -Thons were just very boring, week long events.
TBN would cancel all normal programming, 24 hours a day, for seven days in a row, to show these very dull, money- raising things.
Now, to raise money, they will do these 30 minute long shows (around 3 or 4 times per week, it seems) where they interview some Christian book author and offer you a copy of his new book if you send their network a donation.
This is ten times better than the 24/7 “send us money” grab a thons they used to do. I used to just totally avoid their network during the week or telethons, and they did it twice a year: in the spring and in the fall.
So, it’s good they got rid of the tele-thons, but they need to keep the old format of PTL, or Praise. I’d rather see 3 – 4 people interviewed over a 2 hour period than see one person interviewed on one topic for 30 to 60 minutes.