Pat Robertson

Religious Broadcaster


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About
About this interview

In his two-hour Archive interview, Pat Robertson describes the founding of his ministry and his creation of the Christian Broadcast Network. He speaks about his early years pursuing a law degree at Yale University, after which he discovered his calling and enrolled in the New York Theological Seminary. Robertson discusses his work with the underprivileged and his later vision to spread the Gospel through television. He describes in detail buying his first television station in Virginia, and starting up its programming, where he was a jack-of-all-trades, working in front of and behind the cameras. He talks about the growth of the network and the initiation of The 700 Club, a daily show featuring news, commentary, and feature stories on Christian themes. He also describes the use of satellite technology and syndication in the continued growth of the network.  He talks about the controversy surrounding electronic ministries in the 1980s and the losses suffered by the religious broadcasting community in their wake. Additionally, he talks about the spin-off of The Family Channel, the creation of Regent University, and his political campaigns. Don Carleton conducted the interview at the CBN offices in Virginia Beach, VA on October 15, 2003.

"(Television) is participatory and it's interactive... I think if you can show, as we do, our trucks going out to feed the poor....if you can show these people helping their neighbors; it's an ability to mobilize the community for action. There are all kinds of things to do, but I think more than anything, people should use television to serve."

Highlights
Pat Robertson on his view of the separation of Church and State
Pat Robertson on how he'd like to be remembered
00:27
Pat Robertson on the value of television as a medium for change
00:52
Pat Robertson on The 700 Club and how it came about
28:38
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood, early influences and education; on his service in the Marines; his time in seminary school
On his initial pastoral experience; on meeting Billy Graham; on an early interest in Television

Chapter 2

On purchasing his first UHF station and his idea to create a Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN); on WYEH; 
On how the early CBN operated; Robertson did all the camerawork himself

Chapter 3

On the 700 Club and how it came about
On Jim and Tammy Bakker and their involvement with The 700 Club; the controversy around the Bakkers

Chapter 4

On cable television; The Family Channel; Rupert Murdoch
On children's programming; on entering the political arena

Chapter 5

On why he left the Presidential bid; on the separation of Church and State; on founding Regents University
On the power of television as a medium to convey a message
Shows

700 Club, The

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Pat Robertson on The 700 Club and how it came about
28:38
Professions

Religious Broadcaster

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Pat Robertson on the origin of The 700 Club
28:38
Genres

Religious Programming

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Pat Robertson on the origin of The 700 Club
28:38
People

Tammy Faye Bakker Messner

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Pat Robertson on Jim and Tammy Bakker and their involvement with The 700 Club; the controversy around the Bakkers

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