Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), one of the largest Christian television stations in the world, is dropping televangelist Kenneth Copeland’s show, “Believer’s Voice of Victory,” which has aired on the network for four decades.
- The Friendly Atheist reported that Copeland announced the move on his website on August 3 but didn’t broadcast the change on social media until Monday.
- Copeland wrote in a Facebook post: “Attention TBN Viewers! Effective Oct. 2, 2020, the Believer's Voice of Victory broadcast will no longer air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). However, it's easy to find us on one of our many other ways to watch!”
- The Friendly Atheist noted that Copeland had a prior “skirmish” with TBN last year:
Last summer, the ministry announced that because of a changed time slot, “viewer response has been much lower,” so Copeland discontinued Sunday broadcasts of their show. The more recent announcement may be the end result of a long-simmering conflict.
- In the post on his website, Copeland wrote that he was told his show simply was no longer a good “fit” for the network.
Recently, Matt let me know they believe The LORD is taking TBN in a new direction, and our daily program, Believer’s Voice of Victory (BVOV), isn’t really a fit for their future programming. Therefore, as of Oct. 2, 2020, the BVOV broadcast will no longer air on TBN.
- The Friendly Atheist noted that “after founder Paul Crouch died in 2013, it was taken over by his son Matt and his wife Laurie.”
- The publication also questioned whether the issue of being a good fit was truly at the heart of TBN’s decision to give Copeland the boot: “...TBN’s current lineup includes no shortage of similar televangelists. As far as I can tell, none of those other shows are leaving the network.”
- It is plausible that Copeland is being let go because he “has become a national punchline for his insane interviews, non-stop greed, and ridiculousclaims of curing the (still-raging) coronavirus,” the Friendly Atheist posited, but quickly conceded: “I don’t know if any of those things were the tipping point.”