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Three Angels Broadcasting Network
3abn logo.jpg
Type Television, Radio
Country United States, Canada, Caribbean, Philippines, Russia, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, India, Australia
Availability International
Founded by Danny and Linda Shelton
Key people Danny Shelton
Launch date November 23, 1986
Official Website 3abn.org

Three Angels Broadcasting Network, or 3ABN for short, is a nonprofit, 24-hour television and radio networks which primarily focuses on Christian and health-oriented programming. It is an independently owned and operated (not funded by any church or denominational group) ministry; however, it supports the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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History

The network's sign-on occurred on November 23, 1986, after 2 years of planning and construction of a satellite uplink site in Thompsonville, Illinois. Initially focusing on satellite broadcasting for the United States, 3ABN has since taken on several affiliates, which broadcast directly into television markets on VHF and UHF stations and over 1400 cable TV systems worldwide. 3ABN's Worldwide Headquarters is located in West Frankfort, Illinois.

3ABN is the second-largest owner of Low Power TV stations (next to Trinity Broadcasting Network) in the U.S. In 2006 their broadcast outlets in the U.S. numbered over 100 stations, and they currently have several more construction permits. The network also has a large production center in Nizhny Novgorod. Russia, and has produced a wide variety of Russian language television and radio programming since 1993. The programs are aired throughout the Russian-speaking countries on approximately 150 television stations and several satellite channels.

In 1999 and 2000 3ABN expanded into radio and satellite television in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world. Currently 3ABN is distributed around the world via 11 satellites, an IPTV service (www.moiptv.net), and through streaming video and audio on the Internet. The 3ABN Radio Network is growing rapidly in affiliates due to the FCC allowing for low power FM and AM stations in the United States.

On August 24, 2003, 3ABN launched a 24/7 Spanish and Portuguese Television Network called 3ABN Latino.

The ministry was co-founded by Danny Shelton, 54, with his wife at the time, Linda Shelton. Danny Shelton was also president of the network throughout most of its existence, and hosts the network's flagship program, 3ABN Today.

In April 2007 it was announced that Amazing Facts and 3ABN will be merging.[1][2] However, on August 2007, after several months of review, Amazing Facts announced they will not merge with 3ABN due to issues with structural dynamics.

Another change came in August 2007, Jim Gilley was selected as the new president of 3ABN. Gilley is described as a man with "vast experience in administration and in both personal and public evangelism."[3]

On January 1, 2009, 3ABN launched a 24/7 Christian children's television network called SonBeam Channel. It is on MOiPTV and the Internet and plans to be on satellite.

HDTV Broadcasts

3ABN HD, 3ABN Latino HD and SonBeam Channel HD will be the High-Definition Television simulcasts of 3ABN, 3ABN Latino and SonBeam Channel that will be launched in the United States and the world on January 5, 2010.

Controversies and criticism

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Linda Shelton

In 2004 Linda Shelton was abruptly removed from 3ABN's board of directors, and her previous presence was erased from the network's programming, website, and sales inventory. There quickly grew a cloud of speculation around the divorce of founders Danny and Linda Shelton. Over the past few years, rumours spread that Linda was unfaithful in her marriage to Danny, and as a result was removed from the ministry and divorced. Linda has started a website asserting that she was not the unfaithful one and is requesting proof be provided showing her guilt or that her name be cleared.[4][5]

Criticism from Save3ABN dot org

Since Danny and Linda Shelton's divorce in June 2004, a website, Save3ABN dot org, came forward alleging various concerns and has drawn enough attention that a lawsuit has been filed.[6] The site, run by Gailon Joy and Bob Pickle, alleged infidelity, mishandling of funds, and sexual indiscretions. (see also [1].) After 3ABN asked a bankruptcy trustee to sell the domain name to the ministry, other domain names appeared, such as Save-3ABN dot com, with the same content as the original site.

Repercussions

Although 3ABN is a self supporting ministry and is not owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the controversy from the Save3ABN dot org and surrounding the divorce has gained international attention of the world church leadership and has caused the President as well as the Chairman of the 3ABN board to address the issues. As a result of all the attention within the church, the leadership are conflicted and perhaps confused with how to deal with this since they have no authority in the matter. Conflicting statements of how 3ABN will be treated have come forward from top officials in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.

Removal from Sky Angel

3ABN had been removed from carriage on the Dominion Sky Angel DBS system which was available on the Dish Network platform. Although Sky Angel indicated it was due to technical limitations, 3ABN had a press release that the technical issue was resolved within two hours, however they were kept off for some time, for other, unknown reasons. After a successful write-in campaign, 3ABN is now available on Dish Network.

Programming

Viewing and Listening Sources

Availability

3ABN TV is now available on Dish Network.

Internet

3ABN TV and Radio are available in audio and video streams online from the 3ABN website, as well as a high bandwidth service called MOPCWEB

Satellite

3ABN TV and Radio are available on the following satellites covering all inhabited continents.

AMC-4
Coverage: US, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean
Transponder: 6
Frequency: 11,822
Polarization: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 5.700
FEC: 2/3
Channel 1 3ABN TV
Channel 2 3ABN Latino
Channel 3 3ABN Radio
Channel 4 Radio 74
Intelsat 9
Coverage: Americas, Caribbean, Western Europe
Transponder: 11-C
Frequency: 3,933
Polarization: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 7.000
FEC: 3/4
Channel 1 3ABN TV
Channel 2 3ABN Latino
Channel 3 3ABN Radio
Hot Bird 6
Coverage: Europe, Middle East
Transponder: 75
Frequency: 12,207
Polarization: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 27.500
FEC: 3/4
Channel 1 3ABN TV
Channel 2 3ABN Radio
Thaicom-5
Coverage: Africa, Asia
Transponder: 6G Global Beam
Frequency: 3,640
Polarization: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 28,066
FEC: 3/4
Channel 1 3ABN TV
Channel 2 3ABN Radio
OPTUS-B3
Coverage: Australia, New Zealand
Transponder: T-5
Frequency: 12,525
Polarization: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 30000
FEC: 2/3
Channel 1 3ABN TV
Channel 2 3ABN Radio

Satellite dish and receiver systems that are capable of receiving 3ABN are available from a number of commercial sources such as Glorystar.

UHF and VHF Broadcast Stations

3ABN TV is available from the following list of 3ABN affiliate broadcast stations.[7]

3ABN owned Digital Stations

73.1 3ABN TV
73.2 3ABN Latino
73.3 3ABN Radio
73.4 Radio 74

Radio Stations

3ABN Radio Network is available from the following list of 3ABN Radio Stations worldwide. [2]

3ABN Australian Services

3ABN has a number of affiliated radio services in Australia. Recent additions to the 3ABN network have been in the Australian state of Victoria, with several regional centres in Western and Eastern Victoria being established, after the acquisition of youth broadcaster Noise FM by the 3ABN affiliate Lifeinfo Media.

These services join stations in Western Australia as 3ABN's presence gathers momentum in Australia.

Cable TV

3ABN TV is available from the following list of cable stations.

See also

References

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