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TBN looks to boost coverage of its faith networks in Asia

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MUMBAI: Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), which claims to be the world?s largest faith and family-friendly network group, has reached an agreement with Hong Kong-based Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) to air TBN?s group of faith-based networks throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

TBN founder and president Dr. Paul Crouch says, ?A major window of opportunity has been opened so that we will be able to broadcast our programming on ABS into the Asia-Pacific region. This golden opportunity will open up TBN?s broadcast services to more of that part of the world known as the ?1040 Window? -- so that billions more people can have the hope and joy that the good news of our programming can bring to their lives.?

TBN?s networks will be distributed throughout the Asia-Pacific region extending from Mongolia to the south of Thailand and across Eastern Europe, Asia and Japan, reaching a potential audience of several billion viewers.

The networks include:

-- TBN Flagship Network. Each day TBN offers inspirational programming that it says appeals to people in a wide variety of denominations. (www.tbn.org)

-- JCTV. This is a digital network geared for teens and young adults. JCTV features round-the-clock cutting edge Christian music videos, reality and game shows, relevant talk programs, comedy, extreme sports, and much more. (www.jctv.org)

-- The Church Channel. It features America?s most popular church services from a wide variety of Protestant and Catholic congregations ? broadcast 24 hours a day. (www.thechurchchannel.org)

-- Smile of a Child TV. Thisd is TBN?s latest network addition. Smile of a Child TV features faith-based programming that parents can trust for their children. (www.smileofachildtv.org)

ABS? agreement with TBN will bring faith-based broadcasting to the most populated area of the world. ABS CEO Tom Choi says, ?We look forward to partnering with TBN to expand the distribution of their channels across Asia, focusing on key markets such as Thailand and India through DTH and CATV distribution. We are very excited to include TBN in our growing neighborhood of free-to-air channels on our high-powered Ku-band platform.?

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