|CBN Family Channel (now Freeform)|
Sign-Off recorded Autumn 1989
Page modified Wednesday, 10 June 2020
A 5 am Monday morning sign-off clip that's preceded by a network promo with clips from shows The CBN Family Channel was airing at the time, including Life Goes On, Bonanza, Remington Steele, and Rin-Tin-Tin, K-9 Cop. By the early 1990s, The Family Channel had discontinued the one-hour sign-offs on Monday mornings.
Televangelist Pat Robertson's network was launched in 1977 as the CBN Cable Network, which aired predominantly religious shows at first, but gradually became more entertainment-oriented. The "CBN" portion of the Family Channel name was dropped in September 1990 as the network became a separate entity from Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network (producers of The 700 Club) in order to protect CBN's tax-exempt status (which has since been stripped of). Robertson sold his Family Channel to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in 1998, which rechristened it Fox Family. As such, the programming became increasingly youth-oriented, thus alienating a good many of the channel's traditional older adult viewers. Fox sold its debt-ridden Family channel to Disney-ABC in 2001, which re-branded it as ABC Family in January 2002. In January 2016 Disney re-launched ABC Family as Freeform with shows geared more for teens and young adults.
The Family Channel name was resurrected in December 2013 when Luken Communications/ValCom adopted it as the new monicker for its My Family TV broadcast network that was started by ValCom in December 2008. At the time of this writing The Family Channel is carried by 53 stations nationwide.
For some information concerning the beginnings of CBN, view this page featuring a 1987 CBN Cable Network sign-off.
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