BYUtv on the forefront of faith-based network expansion

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 2 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

The life story of William Tyndale, right, is featured in "Fires of Faith: The Coming Forth of the King James Bible."


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BYUtv was recently featured in an article by Multichannel News for its focus on common bonds of faith and family that resonate with people of all religions.

"As Multichannel News has documented over the last few years, religious programming has come a long way since the staid preach-and-teach sermons enjoyed for so long by the Silent Generation," wrote David Tanklefsky.

The article touts shows like "American Ride," a show hosted by biker Stan Ellsworth as he travels to historic sites across the country and gives history lessons, of sorts, on the founding of America. It is one of 10 new series being introduced by BYUtv this fall.

The article recognizes "Fires of Faith: The Coming Forth of the Kings James Bible," a multi-part documentary film that explores the history of that version of the Bible and its longstanding influence.

In terms of programming, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and BYU are careful to remain politically neutral amid the GOP candidacy of two Mormons — Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. — according to the article.

"While the network still offers some programming that focuses strongly on the Mormon faith, like a devotional service and performances from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on weekends, much of the new programming is focused on common bonds of faith and family that resonate with people of all religions," Tanklefsky wrote.

BYUtv's "Fires of Faith" recently received national recognition from the New York Times. The piece discussed the three-part series. For more on the article, visit DeseretNews.com.

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