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Type Broadcast network
Branding Values-added entertainment for the whole family
Country  United States
Availability Broadcast stations in some markets; also via cable, Dish Network, SkyAngel
Owner InTouch Ministries

FamilyNet is a broadcast television network owned by InTouch Ministries and based in Atlanta, Georgia. The network was founded in 1979 as the National Christian Network, and took the name FamilyNet in 1988 under the ownership of Jerry Falwell.[1] The channel was acquired by in InTouch in October 2007 from the Southern Baptist Convention.[2] FamilyNet has a programming mission geared to family programming, involving a mix of original programming, kid’s-oriented shows, classic movies, action series, sports and lifestyle programs.

The network reaches 15.7 million television households throughout the United States through a variety of sources, including broadcast affiliates, cable and satellite, and over internet television on the SkyAngel platform.[3] It won a 2008 Telly Award.[4]

The organization also operates FamilyNet Radio 161, a full-time Christian talk channel on SIRIUS Satellite Radio.


Television programming

In January 2009 FamilyNet added a three-hour programming block called "Families on FamilyNet" featuring My Three Sons, Happy Days, and Family Ties.[3] Other secular programming on FamilyNet include Early Edition and Merv Griffin's Crosswords.[6]

In October 2009, FamilyNet begins a Saturday morning kids programming block called FunTown--featuring airings of "Underdog" and "The Bullwinkle Show" and hosted by FamilyNet's original characters, Groove and Sluggo.

Other features

In April 2009, added FamilyNet Community for viewers to discuss programming, family-related topics, and participate in blogs and games. FamilyNet can be followed on Twitter at

See also


  1. ^ "Religious Networks Change for Profits". Broadcasting & Cable 114 (19): 51. 1988-05-09. ISSN 1068-6827.  
  2. ^ Noah, Mickey (2007-10-29). "NAMB completes FamilyNet sale to In Touch". Baptist Press.  
  3. ^ a b Reynolds, Mike (January 11, 2009). "FamilyNet Adds Classic Sitcoms To New Weeknight Lineup". Multichannel News. Broadcast Newsroom. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  4. ^ "PAEC's Florida Education Channel Receives Telly Awards". Foster Folly News. April 13, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2009.  
  5. ^
  6. ^ Schedule for FamilyNet for week of 8/2/2009, from

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