Founded in the UK in 1995 by Christian media pioneers, Rory and Wendy Alec, GOD TV has rapidly expanded over the past 18 years, defying many obstacles, to reach the globe with life-changing Christian programming.
The miraculous story of how Rory & Wendy challenged the UK’s broadcast restrictions and overcame barriers to establish Europe’s first daily Christian Network is told in the book ‘Against All Odds’ by Wendy Alec.
Today GOD TV continues to break new ground worldwide. The network now reaches a potential viewing audience of 900 million people in some 200 nations and territories, and has offices in the USA, UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.
When Rory and Wendy arrived in the UK from South Africa in 1991, Christian broadcasting wasn’t yet available and there was little likelihood of this changing. But, God had a plan to redeem the airwaves and He was going to use them to pioneer Christian television in Europe.
In 1994, Malaysian prophet, Jonathan David confirmed the call of God upon Rory and Wendy’s lives, prophesying they would birth a miraculous network that would reach the unreached and impact the Church. It seemed impossible as they had limited resources and no financial backing, but in 1995 they signed a landmark contract with the SKY satellite platform and the Christian Channel Europe was born, broadcasting a couple of hours each morning.
From humble beginnings around a kitchen table in London, the fledgling network moved to shared studios in Kent and $250,000 was raised via a ‘Eurothon’ in the USA to finance the development of Christian television in Europe. The Christian Channel Europe was dedicated on 24 April 1996.
In 1997, Rory and Wendy moved to the North East of England where God had provided studios. On 1 October 1997, the GOD logo was introduced, a revolutionary approach, breaking down religious barriers and political correctness. Programming increased to seven hours a day and in 1999 to 24-hours a day across Europe.
In 2002, Rory & Wendy made the major announcement that GOD TV was moving its broadcast headquarters to Israel - a strategic step that would facilitate global expansion. In 2002 GOD TV was launched into Africa and became available in India where 68 million cable homes can now access the network's 24-hour schedule.
In 2004 GOD TV become the first Western Christian broadcaster in Hong Kong and in 2005 began broadcasting in Australasia. In 2006, the network launched into the USA, making its debut on America’s largest satellite platform, DIRECTV. In 2007 GOD TV became available to another million homes in the UK through Virgin Media and was launched into 3 million homes in Pakistan.
In 2009 GOD TV topped 20 million homes in the USA, by launching on several cable outlets and in 2010 GOD TV saw the addition of a million homes in Kenya; and a further million homes on Freesat in the UK. In 2011, GOD TV concluded an agreement with KISS TV in Kenya to air GOD TV nationwide and hosted a Middle East Special focusing on its outreach into Arab lands. In 2012, the network celebrated its 10th Anniversary of being in Israel, Africa and Asia and the latest distribution figures for 2013 reveal an increase to 254 million connected homes reaching a potential audience of 900 million viewers.
In the past 18 years, the response of viewers has been overwhelming as people worldwide embrace GOD TV's unique programming line up. The GOD TV story continues day by day, as Rory and Wendy and the GOD TV team continue to break further ground, producing more cutting-edge programming and taking advantage of new distribution opportunities.
Year after year, by God’s grace and miraculous provision, GOD TV forges ahead to fulfill its divine mandate to reach ONE BILLION SOULS and there is much more to come…