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CRTC Approves World Impact Ministries' Purchase of The Christian Channel

For immediate release May 5, 2009

ST CATHARINES, ON – World Impact Ministries, a Canadian based religious charity known for media and international work, announced that approval from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) was received for the purchase of The Christian Channel (TCC) from S-VOX group of companies, which includes Vision TV and One: the Body, Mind & Spirit channel.

The CRTC announced in its decision (2009-36) that it had received several supporting interventions, and approved the application for WIM to acquire TCC, a Category 2 specialty television channel broadcasting across Canada. The CRTC also noted in its ruling, “WIM has also committed to expanding the reach of the service to ensure that a sound religious television service will serve a large segment of the viewing audience in Canada through the establishment of a nightly flagship program and through the presentation of educational and entertaining religious programming. In addition, WIM has more than 15 years of experience in producing Christian television programming for the Canadian market and has the studio and the facilities to do so. The Commission considers that this transaction will provide financial stability for the undertaking, allowing it to continue to meet the needs of the community it serves.”

Peter Youngren, President and Founder of WIM, said, “We are committed to programming that will entertain, educate and encourage spiritual dialogue and growth.  We also want to rekindle some of the initial sense of purpose that permeated Christian TV, to present the Gospel in a way that causes Canadians to re-discover Jesus Christ as meaningful in their lives.”
 
WIM will immediately commence producing its own programming, first through the daily “Encounter” show, and also other original programs. Looking forward WIM will look to broadcast live to air programming. The expansion offers new possibilities for employment; Peter Youngren anticipates hiring 20-30 new employees, in addition to those who are already employed by World Impact Ministries.
 

World Impact Ministries (WIM), founded by Peter Youngren, has been characterized passion for people, regardless of culture, religion or ethnicity. Over 14 million people have received follow up material in Gospel Friendship Festivals around the world. More than 300,000 pastors and leaders have received training. Churches and Bible Schools have been established in many countries. WIM began media ministry almost 30 years ago. The daily telecast “Celebrating Life with Jesus” has reached viewers globally through networks like Vision TV, CTS, TBN Asia, Daystar, TCT and Inspiration. Viewers from more than 170 nations are served through 24-hour streaming on Watchcelebrate.tv. WIM’s 60 minutes variety show “Encounter” features street talk, fascinating guests, music, current events and a crystal clear presentation of Jesus.

In 2005 The Christian Channel was granted a digital TV license by the Canadian Radio and Television Commission. Already this 24/7 signal reaches more than 30% of Canadian households… and now the vision is to cover the earth.

Said Bill Roberts, President and CEO of S-VOX: “We take great pride in all that The Christian Channel has accomplished since its launch in 2005. Through the unstinting efforts of its president, Mark Prasuhn, and his talented staff, the channel has succeeded in bringing Canadians the richest and most diverse selection of Christian programming available in this country. We look forward to assisting our colleagues at WIM as they build on this impressive track record and take the channel in exciting new directions.”

Under WIM’s ownership, the channel will be re-branded as Grace Television Network; Grace TV. The message of Jesus, presented in friendship and with respect, will make this a channel worth watching. WIM’s mandate is GOSPEL ADVANCEMENT, and now Grace TV will provide a vehicle for millions around the world to hear the story of redemption.
 
When Christian television was first introduced, believers enthusiastically embraced it, believing that the greatest medium ever would be a tool to bring the knowledge of Jesus to everyone. Early Christian television pioneers like Billy Graham, Kathryn Kuhlman and Rex Humbard faithfully kept Christ in the centre of their media outreach. The church was on its way to cover the earth with Christ’s Gospel!

Regrettably, in recent years Christian television has become a “turn off”, even a laughing stock to some. Manipulative fundraising and excessive emphasis have all too often been in focus. Whether the criticism is justified or not, it hurts the cause of the Gospel. Grace TV is committed to help Christians re-discover the fullness of Jesus and help the world discover how wonderful our Savior is. In addition to programming produced by Peter Youngren, the channel already enjoys a host of great producers including David Jeremiah, Charles Stanley, Billy Graham, Willard and Betty Thiessen, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Bill Gaither, Kenneth Copeland and James Robison.

Peter Youngren says, “I commit to make Grace TV into a Gospel channel you will be proud to tell your friends about. Our primetime flagship program, “Encounter”, and other new and exciting programs will be geared to the spiritual needs of your neighbours and family.”
 
WIM (http://www.peteryoungren.org) has established itself as one of Canada’s premier religious ambassadors of peace, love and harmony in Canada and around the globe since 1976. Adopting an approach of friendship and non-discrimination in an age of increasing religious intolerance and unrest, Peter Youngren and WIM have forged a path of reconciliation and harmony. WIM will continue to promote a bridge building approach through The Christian Channel productions and original programming, and establish The Christian Channel as an oasis of hope and faith for all Canadians.

The S-VOX group of companies (http://www.s-vox.com) offer high-quality television and digital content for individuals seeking spiritual awareness and personal growth. S-VOX companies include: VisionTV, Canada’s multi-faith and multicultural television broadcaster, along with the digital television service One: the Body, Mind & Spirit channel, and the local stations Joytv 10 in Vancouver and Joytv 11 in Winnipeg. Other ventures include Vision TV International, a partnership with Toronto-based Ellis Entertainment that develops, produces and distributes original programming for the global marketplace.

For more information on World Impact Ministries, please visit http://www.PeterYoungren.org.

Media Contacts:

Taina Kuusiluoma, WIM
Phone: 905-646-0970 ext 390
Email: tainak@peteryoungren.org

David Todd, S-VOX
Phone: 416-368-3194 ext 207
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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