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Exciting News & Updates from UCGIA

ION Television Network Awarded Contract Extension to Air Beyond Today

March 20, 2014

Beyond Today on WGN America will be seen for final time on Sunday, March 23, 2014

After a successful viewer response test of Beyond Today on ION television, the United Church of God is pleased to announce it has extended its telecast contract with the network through December 2014. The ION network provides widespread coverage—reaching nearly 76 million households, equaling a potential audience of approximately 227 million people. Beginning Sunday, March 30, 2014, our programs will air in the United States exclusively on the ION television cable and satellite platforms and on 30 local over-the-air stations.

Beyond Today Logo - low resOn the WGN America network Beyond Today television programs began airing July 11, 2010. Since then our episodes have been watched by multiple millions of viewers and we have received nearly 107,000 telephone and Internet responses. Although the Church has greatly valued its association with WGN America, our final program on this network will air on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

We are moving Beyond Today programming to ION because this network proved fruitful in the response test versus WGN America. Besides helping us save money per future viewer response, our move to ION makes it possible to reach a new audience. Viewers who watch Beyond Today on ION would not have necessarily have seen our programs on WGN America. Shifting to ION gives us the opportunity to help fulfill our commission to preach the gospel “as a witness” to many additional people (Matthew 24:14). Furthermore, ION provides us with an outstanding Sunday, 9:00 a.m. airtime on the West Coast which was not available with WGN America.

Even though Beyond Today will no longer be seen on WGN America after March 23, 2014, we encourage you to watch our weekly programs on ION television. For the ION network on cable, Beyond Today airs each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and Pacific time and at 8:00 a.m. Central and Mountain. For satellite (DISH 216 and DirecTV 305) Beyond Today airs at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, 8:00 a.m. Central, 7:00 a.m. Mountain and 6:00 a.m. Pacific. To find the ION channel locations in your area, including the 30 over-the-air stations mentioned above, visit www.iontelevision.com and click on “Channel Finder” located on the top right corner of the webpage. Enter your zip code and it will provide the channel number(s) on which you can watch ION television.

Additionally, all programs can be viewed on-demand on dedicated Beyond Today television channels on Roku, YouTube, Vimeo, Wii and Xbox.

Thank you for your vital prayers for the success of the Church’s ongoing television opportunities and our other efforts to spread the message of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God throughout the globe.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

March 20, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , | 16 Comments

“BT” TV Episode About Holy Spirit Produces Excellent Response

March 10, 2014

“The Power of the Holy Spirit” Generates 2,192 Viewer Responses

 “The Holy Spirit is a power, and it is a very potent power, like fire. And it has to be nurtured and ‘stirred up’ to be an effective tool that God uses to impart qualities we need for a successful life.” So said Darris McNeely in a Beyond Today episode “The Power of the Holy Spirit,” which he hosted and which aired on television networks March 2-8, 2014, in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and on the Internet throughout the world.

In the United States alone, this United Church of God TV program generated 2,192 viewer telephone calls and Internet inquiries. This response quantity is the third highest this fiscal year and the fourth lowest in cost per response.

Additionally, the program prompted Internet responses from viewers in fourteen countries and territories including Australia, Canada, Chile, England, New Zealand, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, United States and the US Virgin Islands. So far this fiscal year we have received Beyond Today viewer responses from 80 countries and territories.

As always, we are deeply appreciative of your prayers, support and encouragement.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

March 10, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Beyond Today” to Air in New Zealand

February 28, 2014

The United Church of God in New Zealand is excited to announce that a one year contract has now been signed to air Beyond Today on national television throughout the country.

prime tv nzOur programming will start on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 7 a.m. Coverage will be on Prime Television. The Prime channel is broadcast via free-to-air in New Zealand and simulcast on Sky’s satellite platform.

I believe God has blessed us with a very good time slot on this national station. We would all appreciate your continued prayers for the complete success of this initiative.

Daniel Porteous—UCG New Zealand

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Daniel and Linda Porteous

February 28, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today | , , , | 6 Comments

New “Beyond Today” TV Ad for ION

February 12, 2014

Take a quick look at the new Beyond Today commercial produced by our United Church of God video editors for airing on the ION television network. It’s to promote our new Sunday morning airtime!

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

February 12, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , | 4 Comments

“Beyond Today” Prophecy Program Generates Highest-Ever Response

February 10, 2014

“Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns” Obtains 3,306 Responses

 The highest-ever response to a Beyond Today program, produced by the United Church of God, was recorded last week. Hosted by Darris McNeely, “Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns” aired on February 2, 2014. Telephone and Internet response from the WGN America and ION television networks totaled an amazing 3,306. Additionally this episode about prophecy generated our second lowest cost per response.

Furthermore, the program encouraged Internet responses from viewers in thirteen countries and territories including Australia, Canada, England, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Romania, South Africa, St. Maarten and the United States.

Finally, we are now in the fourth of our ten week airing test on the ION television network. Viewer’s response metrics are being registered and analyzed after each airing. We anticipate providing you with an update as we near the end of our testing and research.

Beyond Today presenters, Gary Petty, Darris McNeely, Steve Myers and all our media staff are immensely grateful for your continuing prayers. Please keep them coming as we all work together in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God through the powerful guidance and direction of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

Peter Eddington

February 10, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Beyond Today Television on the WORD Network

January 31, 2014

WORD Network Contract Completion

Beyond Today Logo - low resThe Beyond Today television program, produced by the United Church of God, began airing December 25, 2011, on the WORD Network. Since then, we have received nearly 7,600 responses from WORD Network viewers in the United States and many countries around the globe.

Although we have appreciated our relationship with the network, we completed our contract this past Thursday, January 30, 2014. The reason we will no longer air on WORD is that we have noted a steady increase in our cost per response over the past several months. Besides this, since we recently contracted with the ION Television network for a nationwide airtime test, we believe this would be a better expenditure of available funds.

Even though Beyond Today will no longer be seen on the WORD network we do encourage you to watch our weekly program on the ION and WGN America television networks in the United States.

Beyond Today on ION Television

For the ION network on cable, Beyond Today airs each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and Pacific time, and at 8:00 a.m. Central and Mountain. For satellite (DISH 216 and DirecTV 305) our program airs at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, 8:00 a.m. Central, 7:00 a.m. Mountain and 6:00 a.m. Pacific. To find the ION channel locations in your area, visit www.iontelevision.com and click on “Channel Finder” located on the top right corner of the webpage. Enter your zip code and it will provide the channel number(s) on which you can view ION television. Please note, Beyond Today is not airing in all cities where ION has a broadcast outlet, but we have contracted for 27 over-the-air stations.

Beyond Today on WGN America

Beyond Today also airs on WGN America on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, 7:30 a.m. Central, 6:30 a.m. Mountain and 5:30 a.m. Pacific. Please visit the WGN America website to find a station in your area. Insert your zip code in the “Channel Finder” box at the top of the website. Click on the triangle next to the zip code box to view a list of WGN America stations available to you.

Additionally, all programs can be viewed on-demand on dedicated Beyond Today television channels on Roku, YouTube, Vimeo, Wii and Xbox. Thank you for your unwavering support and prayers for our media efforts throughout the world.

Peter Eddington – Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

PS—Here is an early release of this coming Sunday morning’s program if you’d like to view it. A new piece of literature is also being offered.

January 31, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , | 3 Comments

Gary Petty: Has God Lost Control?

January 15, 2014

We’re happy to introduce the thirteenth Inside United Podcast by the United Church of God.

In this episode President Victor Kubik is joined by Gary Petty, who explains why he chose the subject of “Has God Lost Control?” for this month’s Beyond Today recording.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

January 15, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, President's Office | , , , , , | 7 Comments

“The Next World Superpower” Generates High Response

January 13, 2014

Beyond Today Program “The Next World Superpower” Generates Second-highest Response for the 2013-14 Fiscal Year

The Beyond Today television program “The Next World Superpower,” produced by the United Church of God and hosted by Steve Myers, aired January 5-11, 2014, on the WGN America and WORD networks.

A total of 1,710 telephone and Internet responses were generated, which makes this episode the second-highest viewer response program aired so far this fiscal year (which began July 1, 2013). The previous second-place position was held by the Beyond Today episode “Regifting Jesus,” which aired just two weeks ago.

Also, “The Next World Superpower,” procured the highest international response of all Beyond Today programs aired this fiscal year. Internet responses originated from the following 20 countries and territories around the globe:

  1. Australia
  2. Belgium
  3. Botswana
  4. Barbados
  5. Canada
  6. England
  7. France
  8. India
  9. Jamaica
  10. Japan
  11. Malaysia
  12. Philippines
  13. Puerto Rico
  14. Romania
  15. Scotland
  16. Singapore
  17. South Africa
  18. Sweden
  19. Trinidad and Tobago
  20. United States

Additionally, we are very pleased to report that so far this fiscal year Beyond Today has received Internet responses from the following 67 countries and territories.

  1. Abu Dhabi
  2. Antiqua and Barbuda
  3. Australia
  4. Argentina
  5. Barbados
  6. Belgium
  7. Belize
  8. Bengladesh
  9. Botswana
  10. Brazil
  11. Canada
  12. Colombia
  13. Cote d ‘ivoire
  14. Dominican Republic
  15. England
  16. Estonia
  17. Ethiopia
  18. Finland
  19. France
  20. Germany
  21. Ghana
  22. Greece
  23. Grenada
  24. Hungary
  25. India
  26. Ireland
  27. Italy
  28. Jamaica
  29. Japan
  30. Lativa
  31. Lesotho
  32. Luxembourg
  33. Malaysia
  34. Malta
  35. Mexico
  36. Moldova
  37. Morocco
  38. Namibia
  39. New Zealand
  40. Netherlands
  41. Nigeria
  42. Northern Ireland
  43. Norway
  44. Pakistan
  45. Panama
  46. Philippines
  47. Puerto Rico
  48. Romania
  49. Russia
  50. Scotland
  51. Singapore
  52. South Africa
  53. South Korea
  54. Spain
  55. Sri Lanka
  56. St. Kitts and Nevis
  57. St. Lucia
  58. Sweden
  59. Switzerland
  60. Taiwan
  61. Tanzania
  62. Thailand
  63. Trinidad/Tobago
  64. Uganda
  65. Ukraine
  66. United States
  67. Vietnam

Finally, please remember the forthcoming ten-week airing test of Beyond Today on the ION television network. It commences this coming Sunday, January 19, 2014.

We hope you will tune into the Beyond Today programs on ION and you will tell your family and friends about them. To find the ION channel locations in your area, please visit www.iontelevision.com and click on “Channel Finder” located on the top right corner of the webpage. Enter your zip code and it will provide the channel number(s) on which you can view ION television. We are on cable and satellite across the United States. Plus, for a list of the 27 ION broadcast television stations (not cable or satellite) that have been chosen to air our program too, please refer to last week’s blog post for the listing.

As always, we are deeply thankful for your prayers as the United Church of God makes every effort to preach and publish the good news of His coming Kingdom.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

January 13, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

UPDATE: More Stations Added to ION Television Test

January 10, 2014

Beyond Today Logo - low res

Last week we reported on a new opportunity for Beyond Today to broadcast on the ION Television network beginning January 19. We now have additional details on this important United Church of God endeavor as we work diligently to preach the gospel of God’s Kingdom.

It’s a family effort

But first, let us emphasize that the work being done at the home office to preach the gospel of the Kingdom, is actually a family effort. It involves all of us as His children. The work is not done by only a few employees in Cincinnati—rather it is a collective task. We must be dedicated to His Way in our family project of preaching the “good news.”

So, please make sure you beseech God each day for His blessings on the work of our hands, as we reach out to the world with His message of hope for humanity. And, please ensure that you are close to Him in prayer, study and fasting—that He may truly bless our work, our joint family effort, in preparing for His Kingdom.

New developments

It appears from new developments this past week, that God is blessing our attempt to spend His money wisely. ION Television has sweetened their original offer by providing an additional 22 broadcast markets—in addition to the five previously announced being donated by our agency, Associated Media.

With further negotiated leveraging by Associated Media, we now have ION Media Network determined to make our ten-week test against WGN America a success. A total of 27 owned and operated (O&O) broadcast markets are included with the cable and satellite platform we’ve purchased. That is half of ION’s broadcast O&Os.

This additional broadcast placement means we will be reaching 20,586,240 households (HH) or 17.8* percent of the national U.S. population through free, over-the-air, non-subscription television. [*According to Nielsen.] Please see the channel listing down below for actual stations and channel numbers.

And, there is more being offered. While ION’s cable platform includes DISH Network & DirecTV, we were limited to 85 percent of the satellite environment (all related to packages people choose). But as of Wednesday, ION has made additional purchases to expand their satellite reach to become 100 percent. So now, anyone with either of these two satellite providers can receive Beyond Today! This increases total households by more than 5 million, and at no additional cost to us.

Fishes and loaves

the next world superpower

So, here is the total coverage: We will be reaching 75.6 million households: (55 million from the cable/satellite platform and 20.6 million O&O HH). By reaching nearly 76 million households, translating households to people, means we are potentially reaching about 227 million people in the U.S.

We have very limited financial resources to preach the gospel. We have to spend every cent wisely. But the blessings are there. As Scripture teaches us, and as Christ taught His disciples, He can multiply the equivalent “fishes and loaves” out of the meager budget we have. As we sow the seed and water it, He can provide the increase! But, we have to show Him that we, as a Church, are committed to follow-through with dedicated prayer and enthusiasm towards what He’d have us do.

And so, in ten days we start our 10-week A/B test.

The details

There may be a couple of exceptions, but generally the objective is for ION to place all of our Beyond Today programs to follow “In Touch Ministries” by Dr. Charles Stanley for this test period. So far ION has moved or pre-empted other programs to accommodate us, with only a few exceptions.

Here is a recap of airing times (depending on the media used):

National Cable Platform

  • Cable is a “triple feed” so it will show at 9 a.m. Eastern & Pacific, and at 8 a.m. Central & Mountain (same as on the national broadcast stations).
  • Satellite (DISH Network 216 & DirecTV 305) are single feed nationally so it will be 9 a.m. EST, 8 a.m. CST, 7 a.m. MST and 6 a.m. PST.
    • (Note: In the case of San Francisco, they have local–to–local coverage on a satellite provider! This extra coverage means that while the national ION feed on DirecTV 305 and DISH 216 would run at 9 a.m. EST, 7 a.m. MST and 6 a.m. PST time, the satellite homes in the markets with ION O&O broadcast stations have a second ION channel that is theirs too. On this local O&O channel position, the program would run at the same time as the broadcast station in the market. In this case, that would be 8 a.m. for MST and 9 a.m. for PST)

Telcos

  • AT&T U-Verse and Verizon’s FiOS vary depending on the market. But, mostly these are treated the same as cable—but there are exceptions, so consult the channel finder on www.iontelevison.com based on individual zip codes.

National Broadcast Owned & Operated Stations (54 possible)

  • We have 27 O&Os contracted, which are half of ION’s O&O stations. These over-the-air broadcast stations are free and not subscriber-based. These are available on cable and over-the-air at 9 a.m. Eastern & Pacific, and at 8 a.m. Central & Mountain. Below is a channel listing of ION stations currently contracted to air Beyond Today starting January 19. Please click on the image for a larger view.

ION Television Stations To Air Beyond Today2

ION Media Network is a unique system and is growing rapidly. However, they are not in every market with every media platform. So to find your channel position for ION TV where you live, please go to www.iontelevision.com and use the Web tool on the home page called “Channel Finder.” Enter your zip code and you can find how to view it.

If it shows you cannot see it where you live, it will suggest that you go to your cable carrier (it shows the phone number) and call them to ask if they will carry ION TV. (Sometimes when cable providers are asked by enough people, they may accommodate their customers.)

Thank you for your prayers

Here at the home office, and in particular in Media and Communications Services, we thank you for your prayer and diligent support for our humble work to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Please don’t underestimate the effect you have in God’s work. Please continue to pray for God’s blessings. We thank you very much for being a part of this “family effort!”

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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January 10, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Test Airing of “Beyond Today” on ION Television

January 3, 2014

An exciting opportunity has opened up for Beyond Today television. The United Church of God has secured an agreement with ION Television to run Beyond Today on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. EST for a ten-week test period. We will be reaching 50 million households on ION cable and satellite. (This does not include their broadcast stations.)

Commencing on Sunday, January 19, 2014, the program will air at 9:00 a.m. EST. ION is willing to extend this time period as needed and for additional testing, and with reasonable notice. Dr. Charles Stanley is the lead-in to our program, which is in our favor. He has a very good audience.

Neilsen rankings show ION in the top 15 cable systems. WGN America ranks approximately 37th. Also, ION will be providing a dual-feed service, meaning that it will air at 9 a.m. ET and at 9 a.m. PT (three hours later). WGN only offered a single-feed, meaning Beyond Today has been airing at 5:30 a.m. PT—not ideal. Overall, and because of this, WGNA has approximately one third of ION’s dual-feed audience.A thief in the night

By way of background: our plan is to do A/B testing of WGN against ION on Sunday mornings, and as soon as we see which network is performing the best, we’ll drop the other. This initial double expenditure will be stopped as soon as we know. We are cutting back somewhat on Internet advertising for a while to make up the difference and to stay within our overall media department budget.

As a bonus, ION will also provide 30-second promotional opportunities to air prior to the program’s start date and will continue the promotional airings throughout the test period, subject to available time slots. In addition, our agent is pleased to place and be responsible for additional bonused airings of Beyond Today during this test period in five select ION broadcast owned and operated markets. Pending confirmation of availability of their time slots matching the cable platform, these markets will be Denver, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and San Francisco. These five broadcast markets will reach an additional 6 million households.

Please pray for the success of this test, and that it will become apparent very quickly which of the two networks should be our choice. We cannot support the expenditure of running both for very long.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

January 3, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | 11 Comments

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