CBN Founder Pat Robertson, America’s longest-running TV host, is stepping down from his role as daily host of The 700 Club.
He announced on the 60th anniversary of CBN’s first broadcast that he is moving on to new projects. “Today’s show will be my final as host of The 700 Club,” said Robertson. “My replacement will be my very capable son, Gordon, who will take over as full-time host of the program.”
Robertson will turn his efforts to teaching students at Regent University, which he founded in 1977, and will also join in future CBN broadcasts as news warrants.
Starting in October, he will appear on a monthly, interactive episode of The 700 Club, to answer viewer emails. He will also remain available for occasional broadcast appearances as a senior consultant on international affairs.
Robertson looks forward to devoting his energy and experience full-time to helping train and equip members of the 11,000-strong student body of Regent University as they are preparing to become “Christian Leaders to Change the World”.
In hosting the Christian Broadcasting Network’s flagship program for decades, Pat Robertson has shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with millions of viewers. He has worked to bring the hope of Christ to America and the world through inspiring testimonies of the Holy Spirit’s power and firsthand accounts of lives touched by the generosity of CBN partners, through disaster relief efforts and aid for others in need.
“‘Good and faithful’ doesn’t even begin to describe my father’s service to CBN for 60 years. His legacy and the example of his prayer life will continue to lead The 700 Club in the years to come,” said Gordon Robertson, who has served as co-host and executive producer of The 700 Club for two decades. “And the best part is, he is just going across the street to Regent University and will be on The 700 Club regularly in the future.”
Robertson founded CBN in 1960 as the first Christian television network in the United States. The ministry expanded to include the production of The 700 Club in 1966. Over a 60-year history of broadcasting the Gospel, he also earned national and international recognition as a philanthropist, educator, religious leader, businessman, and author.
Since he established CBN News as a segment on The 700 Club, Robertson and the CBN News team have offered viewers insight into world events. Robertson has made news on many occasions by interviewing a broad range of world leaders and cultural influencers on the program, from presidents and prime ministers to top celebrities in the entertainment world.
He obtained exclusive interviews with U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump.
He also conducted in-depth interviews with a dozen prime ministers of the State of Israel, including Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Menachem Begin, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert.
Robertson interviewed many other world leaders including the presidents of South Africa, Zambia, Angola, Zaire, Vietnam, and virtually all of the leaders of Latin America. He even traveled to China and brought to his audience an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Zhu Rongji.
Several other groundbreaking newsmakers he spoke with included Saddam Hussein’s former nuclear scientist Khidir Hamza, who confirmed the dictator did not have the capacity to produce atomic weapons. Robertson took CBN cameras to far corners of the globe too, like Quetta, Pakistan, where he interviewed leaders of the Mujahadin, which later became Al-Qaeda, while reporting on the potential collapse of the Soviet Union after its quagmire in Afghanistan.
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