Christian Network TBN Now Airing Secular Commercials – Their Holy Land Amusement Park Tanking
Well, this is interesting.
I don’t watch TBN nearly as often as I used to, but every so often, I do flip the channel over to see what is going on over there.
Certainly in the year 2020, TBN has been airing “secular” commercial advertisements for a company called “Car Shield.”
I think they may have been airing these ads in 2019.
Of course, the original founders of TBN have died in the last few years, with the son and his wife running things.
When Ma and Pa Crouch (that is, Jan and Paul) ran the network, they detested commercials.
They used to have “Praise A Thons” where they’d get their regular, money-grubbing, smarmy tele-evangelists to come on 24 hours a day for seven days straight, to lecture people about sending money to TBN, and making bogus “Wealth N Health” promises, that if you just mail Paul and Jan Crouch a few bucks, God would heal your cancer or bestow financial blessings upon you.
After they died (Jan Crouch (Link): died in 2016), I think the son who took over the station realized that “Praise A Thons” were “Snooze A Thons,” so he dumped them.
Soon after dumping them, he tried 30 minute “infomercial” type blocks, where he and his wife would have a Christian author on to hawk whatever book they had recently published.
The deal was, if you mailed TBN some money, they would mail you a copy of that book. (They also use to sell baubles – if you sent them a donation, they would mail you some Jesus-themed doo-dad in return.)
That went on for a few years.
I wondered at the time if they could sustain their network on just that alone. Apparently not.