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IN THE NEWS! >>TBN’s War on Indecency Wins Seal of Approval Network’s Value-driven Programming Honored by Parents Television Council

Jan 22, 2009 LOS ANGELES -- <NEWS FLASH!> Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), JCTV, and Smile of a Child received the Entertainment Seal of Approval from the Parents Television Council (PTC) in late 2008 for its authentic, family-friendly cable network programming. Paul Crouch, Jr., TBN's chief of staff, was honored with the award on TBN’s Behind the Scenes program earlier this week.

”TBN constantly strives to espouse family ideals, which is why the PTC's endorsement means a great deal,” says Crouch. “We hope this tremendously prestigious honor will bring about further awareness of the PTC and all its valuable services to our intensely loyal, faith-based viewers around the globe.”

Presented to outstanding DVDs, films, television shows, and networks that emphasize positive, pro-family values and do not contain sex, violence, or profanity, the PTC Seal of Approval award is especially significant in light of the FCC's (Federal Communications Commission) recent rulings. The Commission's levying of stiff fines to cable network affiliates affirms its commitment to enforcing broadcast decency laws.

"We're proud to offer Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), JCTV and Smile of a Child on AT&T U-verseSM TV as part of our market-leading family-oriented programming package U-family," says Dan York, head of content and programming, AT&T. "We are committed to delivering quality programming options to parents and their families, and TBN networks make a great addition to our channel lineup. I congratulate them on this recognition."

The only faith-based TV network of its kind, Smile of a Child is a wholesome blend of entertaining contemporary shows and classic kids favorites filled with timeless truths. Programs such as Colby's Clubhouse are instructional kids are shown how to cope in all kinds of situations using biblical principles while others reflect solid, core family values. Parents can be assured that their children are in good hands with the Smile of a Child children's network.

"We know that PTC holds the bar high, so their recognition of the TBN network plus JCTV and Smile of a Child is a remarkable milestone," says Tim Wildmon, president, American Family Association. "We congratulate TBN for this singular honor and applaud PTC for recognizing TBN¹s excellent family programming."

JCTV is a lifestyle network exclusively devoted to a hip, spiritually minded young adults. A blend of Christian music videos, teen talk and reality shows, extreme sports, comedy, concerts, and more, TBN¹s JCTV is the only faith-based entertainment network in the United States uniquely formatted for young adults. Running 24/7, its high-energy programs are both entertaining and inspirationally edgy.

"Congratulations, TBN, on the incredible honor of being awarded the prestigious Parents Television Council Seal of Approval," says Franklin Graham of Billy Graham Ministries. "For over twenty-five years I have been a part of the TBN family as a guest with Jan and Paul Crouch, and Paul, Jr. I am extremely proud!"

A passionate proponent of broadcast decency, TBN's programming is playing a vital role in bringing back decency to broadcast media. Completely donor-supported, all of the network¹s shows are completely commercial-free, eliminating an often hidden source of offensive content: commercials.

About TBN

TBN is the world's largest religious network and America's most watched faith network. Each day TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming that appeals to people in a wide variety of denominations. Beginning in 1973 as a single UHF station in southern California, TBN now reaches every major continent via 65 satellites and more than 12,500 television and cable affiliates worldwide. In the United States, TBN is available to 92 percent of the total households. Its website receives more than 27 million visitors monthly. For more information on TBN, visit www.tbn.org.

About The Parents Television Council

The Parents Television Council (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence, and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has 48 chapters and more than one million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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