Pat Robertson not re-elected to broadcasters’ board

He’s a pioneer and heavyweight in evangelical television, but Pat Robertson lost re-election to the National Religious Broadcasters’ board of directors last month.

Robertson, who founded the Christian Broadcasting Network, was one of 38 candidates for the 33 board seats during the NRB’s convention Feb. 15-22 . The organization principally represents evangelical radio and television broadcasters.

Robertson has had a close relationship with the NRB, which named him Christian broadcaster of the year in 1989. The network’s latest tax statement shows that CBN donated $161,300 to the NRB in 2004-05.

Some evangelicals were critical of Robertson in recent months after he publicly suggested Venezuela’s president should be assassinated, and that Israel’s prime minister was afflicted with a stroke as divine punishment.

“I would say that there was broad dismay with some of Pat’s comments and a feeling they were not helpful to Christian broadcasters in general, but by no means was there any broad effort in our association to dissociate ourselves with him,” NRB President Frank Wright said at the end of the convention.

No comment was available Wednesday from CBN.

Among the successful candidates was Jay Sekulow, a close Robertson ally who is chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice in Washington. The ACLJ is a non profit legal advocacy group founded by Robertson. Also sitting on the NRB board is Michael D. Little, CBN’s president.

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The Virginian-Pilot, USA
Mar. 1, 2006
Steven G. Vegh

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