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TBN Converts Historic New York Theatre into HD Television Station

The sons of TBN founders Paul and Jan Crouch give a big thumbs up to the breathtaking new production facilities at WTBY in Manhattan, which will be open to visitors during television tapings. L to R: Paul Crouch, Jr., TBN’s Chief of Staff and frequent host of Behind the Scenes and Praise the Lord; Laurie Crouch, frequent co-host of Praise the Lord and wife of Matthew Crouch and Matthew Crouch, frequent host of Praise the Lordand President and CEO of Gener8Xion Entertainment, a Los Angeles film production company.

September 18, 2008 (New York, NY) - An historic New York City theatre has been transformed into a state-of-the-art high definition television station and studio to reach the heart of New York with a message of faith and hope. This beautiful renovation is the culmination of years of work by Paul and Jan Crouch, founders of Trinity Broadcasting Network, to create a unique outlet to serve the heart of the top television market in the nation, and provide a quality digital broadcast signal covering the five boroughs of New York City and its environs.

The theatre, formerly known as the Century Center for the Performing Arts, is now home to TBN station WTBY-DT, a high definition production center and an ornate studio that recalls the original grandeur of the theatre, a historic landmark designed in 1847 by renowned architect Henry Hobson Richardson. With seating for 298, the theater is widely recognized for its intimate atmosphere and excellent view of the stage, which features a spectacular miniature model of the New York City skyline constructed of steel, metal and glass. TBN had its first television production there Sept. 2, when the network’s flagship program Praise the Lord originated from the new studio. The popular interview and musical program featured singer Donnie McClurkin, speaker and author Paula White, and former U.S. congressman and Pastor Floyd H. Flake. Local and national programs will be regularly produced and broadcast from the new studio.

As the new home of WTBY-DT, the 150-year-old theatre now houses the latest television technology and multicasts five TBN network channels, including TBN, the top-rated faith channel in the nation; Smile of a Child, featuring cartoons, character-based, and educational programs for children 2-12; JCTV, packed with music videos and cutting-edge programs for young adults 13-29; The Church Channel, featuring multi-denominational church services; and TBN Enlace USA, with faith programs all in Spanish. All five networks are broadcast free over the air in New York and are also carried on Verizon FiOS. As the only faith-based broadcaster with five channels specifically created to reach the various demographic groups within the faith community, TBN executives are currently encouraging incumbent cable operators to carry the network’s unique group of faith channels.

WTBY-DT will switch to all digital broadcasting beginning October 1, 2008, five months earlier than the nation’s termination of analog broadcasting on February 17, 2009. WTBY-DT has been actively notifying viewers of its early switch to digital only service. “This is a tremendous opportunity for cable companies that already carry WTBY to obtain new customers,” said Paul Crouch, TBN’s president. “Companies that do not currently carry WTBY will want to add it to enhance subscriber options and provide state-of-the-art digital television. And those who view WTBY-DT’s over-the-air signal via digital television will be pleasantly surprised to discover they can also access TBN’s four additional faith-based channels.”

For more information contact Bob Higley at (800) 735-5542 or bobhigley@tbn.org.

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