The Christian Television leader has teamed up with Christians United for Israel (CUFI), America’s largest pro-Israel organization to bring the show to the TV airwaves
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
NASHVILLE, TN (ANS – March 2, 2016) – Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest Christian broadcaster, announced at the recent National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, that it has teamed up with Christians United for Israel (CUFI), America’s largest pro-Israel organization, in an exciting 30-minute program of news and perspective, The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck, which premiered exclusively on TBN on Thursday, February 25th.
Hosted by veteran investigative journalist and Middle East expert Erick Stakelbeck, The Watchman takes a hard-hitting weekly look into the rising security threats facing America, Israel, and the rest of the world, offering crucial commentary, analysis, on-the-ground reporting, and interviews with top U.S. and Israeli experts and decision-makers.
At a NRB news conference convened by TBN board member, Colby May, he revealed that additionally, the news-magazine style show spotlights the many uplifting and miraculous stories unfolding across Israel, and highlights the important work being done by the nation’s leading pro-Israel organization to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship while educating, encouraging, and activating Christians to stand with Israel.
Host Erick Stakelbeck has been a regular commentator in such broadcast venues as Fox News, where he’s appeared on Hannity, Your World With Neil Cavuto, Fox and Friends, America’s News-Room, and Justice with Judge Jeanine, as well as CBN, CNN and many others. He has also been a contributor and guest host on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV, providing in-studio analysis and investigative reports, and is the author of three bestselling books on radical Islam and the Middle East, including his latest, ISIS Exposed.
Stakelbeck noted that despite the negative portrayal it receives at the hands of the major media, the Jewish state remains a beacon of freedom and sanity in a tyrannical and chaotic Middle East.
“Each week on The Watchman, we demonstrate how Israel remains a light unto the nations, while exposing how the radical forces seeking to wipe Israel off the map have also placed a bullseye on the backs of the U.S. and Christians around the world,” he said. “Through The Watchman we are effectively changing the media narrative about Israel-and I personally couldn’t pick two better organizations to partner with in this endeavor than CUFI and TBN.”
Christian leader John Hagee, founder and chairman of CUFI, said: “Now more than ever, it is imperative that Christians stand up and ensure our nation stands with Israel. CUFI was created precisely for such a time as this, and we’re excited that The Watchman will ensure we’re bringing our pro-Israel message to households across the country.”
Matthew Crouch, Chairman of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, noted that since its founding over forty years ago, TBN has been a consistent friend and strong supporter of Israel and the Jewish state. “Erick Stakelbeck has a well-deserved reputation for his keen insights on Israel and the Middle East, and The Watchman has become the go-to program supporters of Israel watch each week for important news and perspective,” he said.
“We’re excited to partner with Christians United for Israel to bring this powerful and informative weekly program to our viewers all over the world.”
The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck, is shown each Thursday, at 8:30 p.m. Pacific (10:30 p.m. Central, 11:30 p.m. Eastern), exclusively on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
About the Trinity Broadcasting Network:
With 30 networks and growing worldwide, the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks is the world’s largest faith-and-family television group, airing a broad range of ministry programming, Christian music, family-friendly movies, children’s programming, and shows for teens and young aduits 24 hours a day to every inhabited continent via 86 satellite channels and thousands of television and cable affiliates. In addition, TBN’s most popular global networks are available on computers, smart phones, and other mobile devices, and over 36,000 entertaining and inspirational On-Demand programs are accessible via TBN’s innovative online network, iTBN.org. To find out more about the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks, log on to www.tbn.org.
About Christians United for Israel:
With more than 2.7 million members, Christians United for Israel is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world. CUFI spans all fifty states and reaches millions with its message. Each year CUFI holds hundreds of pro-Israel events in cities around the country. And each July, thousands of pro-Israel Christians gather in Washington, D.C. to participate in the CUFI Washington Summit and make their voices heard in support of Israel and the Jewish people. Find out more at www.cufi.org.
Colby May, firstname.lastname@example.org, 972-313-9500
Ari Morgenstern, Ari@cufi.org, 404-898-1278
Photo captions: 1) Erick Stakelbeck speaking at the NRB press conference. (Photo: Dan Wooding). 2) Colby May speaking at the event. (Photo: Dan Wooding). 3) Erick Stakelbeck (left) with Ari Morgenstern, Communications Director for Christians United for Israel, at the NRB press conference. (Photo: Dan Wooding). 4) Dan Wooding interviewing at NRB, Fr. Eamon Kelly, whose work at the Magdala Center, located on the western coastline of the Sea of Galilee and at the eastern foothills of Mount Arbel, is featured in the first show.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He is also the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is a novel called Mary, My Story from Bethlehem to Calvary (http://marythebook.com).
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