Originally Posted by Trip in VA
Lest I step into the hornet's nest...
It's a lot cheaper to sit in front of a camera quoting a book than it is to produce the kind of programming PBS does.
Although Christian programming is more diverse than just sitting in front of a camera quoting a book, I will not argue that overall, their programming is cheaper to produce. But they don't have the endowments and foundations and other income sources, including public funds, that PBS has. You'll also find that most of what PBS member stations produce comes from one member: WGBH.
But the point here is that the notion that TV preachers are only angling for your money is patently false. And to have one champion that idea who never watches Christian TV? Well, there's the ignorance and prejudice...can the fear be far behind?
Christian TV is probably among the purest forms of educational TV, no pun intended. They don't supplement their schedule with Britcoms and entertainment specials, even though the largest purveyor of Christian programming, TBN, and Buffalo's station, WNYB, could, as their licenses are for commercial stations, not NCE. Their profit motive is to educate viewers in their brand of theology - the education is the profit. There have been abuses, but those are the exceptions, not the rule. "Dog bites man" doesn't generate news coverage. Self-correction: TCT does offer a subchannel with classic general-market programming; I was thinking more of Daystar and 3ABN, whose programming is much more heavily teaching, and TBN, whose movies generally have an evangelistic emphasis.
The genesis of this conversation was an opinion that WBNF-CA's transmitter on Grand Island is "not wanted - not needed". I disagree. Because WNYB is licensed to Jamestown, not Buffalo, its transmitter is located near Fredonia, so it doesn't provide good coverage to Niagara County and northern and eastern Erie County. WBNF rectifies that. I also looked at RabbitEars and found that no Buffalo-area TV station provides a channel dedicated to Spanish-language programming. Except one: WNYB.