Daystar (TV network)

Daystar is an American evangelical Christian-based religious television network that is owned by the Word of God Fellowship, founded by Marcus Lamb in 1993. Daystar is headquartered in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Bedford, Texas.[1]

TypeReligious broadcasting
Worldwide (satellite)
by Marcus and Joni Lamb
HeadquartersBedford, Texas
OwnerWord of God Fellowship
Key people
Marcus Lamb (founder, president, CEO)
Joni Lamb (vice-president, executive producer)
Launch date
December 31, 1997
Picture format
1080i (HDTV), 480i (SDTV)
Official website


In 1984, Marcus and Joni Lamb (née Trammel) moved to Montgomery, Alabama to launch the state's first full-power Christian television station, WMCF-TV. The Lambs built the station for the next five years, and sold it in 1990 to the Trinity Broadcasting Network. They next moved to Dallas, Texas, where, in 1993, they purchased the formerly defunct KMPX. In 1996, with a large contribution from Kenneth Copeland Ministries, the Lambs purchased a station in Colorado, officially turning their television ministry into a network. In August 1997, the small staff moved into a 32,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) facility that included production studios; Daystar was officially launched on New Year's Eve 1997.[2][3]

On March 21, 2011, Daystar announced that it would downsize its production studios in Ashland, Kentucky; Houston, Texas; and Denver, Colorado, effective the following month; the facilities would continue to be used as transmitters, but not broadcasting centers. This, with studios now run by a limited technical staff, led to the layoff of an unknown number of Daystar employees.


Daystar broadcasts programs by ministers and speakers from around the world.[4]

  • Joni Table Talk - Joni Lamb's daily show, Joni Table Talk, is presented by Lamb and co-hosts. The subjects covered include topics such as Christian spirituality, secular culture, music, health and fitness, marriage enrichment, recovery from various addictions, alternative lifestyles, parenthood, and psychological disorders.[5]
  • Check the Sound - Check the Sound is a half-hour program for young adults that airs on Friday and Saturday nights, hosted by the Lambs' three children. Often, the program is devoted to airing new Christian music videos, live concerts or interviews.[6]
  • Gospel Music Showcase - Gospel Music Showcase is a southern gospel music program hosted by Guy Penrod of the Gaither Vocal Band.[7]
  • Love A Child - Love a Child is a 30-minute weekly program featuring missionaries Bobby and Sherry Burnette as they minister to the poorest of the poor in Haiti.[8]
  • Kingdom Connection - Kingdom Connection with Pastor Jentezen Franklin brings practical meaning to spiritual truths found in God's Word.[9]
  • Joel Osteen - Along with 30-minute broadcasts throughout the week, Daystar is the only network to broadcast the full, one-hour broadcast of Lakewood Church services (Tuesdays at 9PM Central Time).[10]

Special programming

Occasionally, Daystar broadcasts programs featuring the Lambs at church speaking engagements and broadcasts events such as Christians United for Israel summits. Daystar televises the week-long, semi-annual fundraising telethons titled Share-a-thon.

Daystar also broadcasts Scaly Adventures, an educational show starring Pierce Curren.

The Brazilian singer Ana Paula Valadão, vocalist and leader of the Ministry Before the Throne (Ministério Diante do Trono), from Brazil, has appeared several times on the TV channel.[11]


FCC investigation

In 2003, Daystar was investigated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), centering on allegations that Daystar sold air time on its non-commercial educational stations to for-profit groups. The investigation complicated Daystar's US$21.5 million bid for KOCE-TV, a PBS station in Huntington Beach, California which at the time mainly served the suburban area of Orange County,[12][13] and other license renewals. After a lengthy process, Daystar and KOCE-TV eventually came to an agreement where Daystar leased a digital subchannel of KOCE, and broadcast network programming over KOCE-DT3 into Orange County and the Los Angeles area. This agreement remained in place as of 2013, with KOCE since becoming the flagship Los Angeles area member station of PBS in January 2011, replacing KCET after that station defected from the network.

On December 22, 2008, the FCC and Daystar entered into an agreement whereby Daystar would continue to utilize a multi-level review process for all content aired and would make additional good faith efforts to review all content received from external providers before broadcasting it on Daystar's non-commercial educational stations. Daystar agreed to make a voluntary contribution of $17,500 to the United States Department of Treasury.[14]

On March 13, 2012, the FCC questioned whether Daystar, through associated nonprofit companies, was qualified to purchase former PBS outlets KWBU-TV in Waco, Texas (which was renamed KDYW) and WMFE-TV in Orlando, Florida.[15] The WMFE deal was canceled two days later; the station was later resold and returned to PBS as WUCF-TV.[16] On September 7, 2012, KDYW's licensee, the Brazos Valley Broadcasting Foundation, informed the FCC that it would request the dismissal of the license assignment application and the cancellation of the KDYW license, with the cancellation becoming final on September 27.[17]


Daystar faced controversy in Israel when it became the first foreign Christian network to be given a broadcast license by its government in 2006. The announcement drew criticism from Jewish leaders in both Israel and the United States, who believed the network aimed at converting Israeli Jews through its numerous Messianic Jewish programs. In 2007, Israeli cable provider HOT announced it would drop Daystar from its lineup, stating that the decision was made after the company received complaints about Daystar's content. Daystar filed a petition with the Israeli Supreme Court to hear the case, accusing HOT of religious discrimination.[18] Two years later, HOT reversed its decision and resumed carrying Daystar.[19]


On November 30, 2010, Marcus Lamb appeared on Celebration and admitted to having had an extramarital affair several years before,[20] telling viewers that unidentified individuals had attempted to extort money from him over the incident. He said that he had since reconciled with Joni over the matter; the Lambs subsequently appeared on Good Morning America and Dr. Phil to discuss their experiences with marriage counseling.[21]

Lamb's confession sparked a series of legal actions against Daystar. Former Daystar executive Jeanette Hawkins filed a lawsuit against the network, claiming that her knowledge of the affair caused "great emotional pain".[22] In February 2011, Jennifer Falcon, a former Daystar employee, filed a lawsuit claiming to have suffered sexual harassment, as well as demotion and defamation by the Lambs.[23] The following month, Karen Thompson, a former producer for Joni, sued Daystar for wrongful termination, claiming to have been harassed and fired for dating a male co-worker.[24]

An October 2011 decision, entered after a contested hearing by a Dallas court, dismissed the Hawkins fraud claim. All of the suits were withdrawn two months later when Falcon and Thompson withdrew their suit against the network, and no parties received compensation for the dispute.[25]


Daystar is available on broadcast and cable television in the United States and worldwide on direct broadcast satellite systems such as DirecTV and Dish Network, and as an unencrypted Free to Air satellite channel. The network is composed of two VHF and 37 UHF television stations, which each broadcast all or part of Daystar's program lineup. Daystar owns a number of television stations in the U.S., either directly or through its parent company, Word of God Fellowship, Inc.

On June 13, 2013, Daystar entered into a strategic partnership with Canadian-based religious network Grace TV, in which the network's non-Canadian content (constituting 65% of programming) would be supplied by Daystar. Additionally, Daystar picked up You Are Loved, a program hosted by Grace TV's CEO, Peter Youngren.[26] The network ultimately re-branded as Daystar Canada.[27]

On September 24, 2014 Daystar started broadcasting in HD OTA on channel 2.1 in Dallas, Texas. Austin soon followed. On April 27, 2015, Verizon FiOS currently carries the channel in HD.[28]

Daystar's HD service is available in the UK via the Astra 2G satellite as part of the Sky and Freesat platforms[29] and via terrestrial TV on the Freeview platform.[30]

In February 2015, the channel launched in Australia on subscription television provider Foxtel.[31]

See also


  1. ^ "About the Daystar Television Network". Daystar Television Network, USA. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  2. ^ "About Daystar Television with Marcus Lamb and Joni Lamb".
  3. ^ "Daystar - Christian Satellite TV".
  4. ^ "Marcus & Joni - Daystar Television".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2011-07-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Check the Sound - Daystar Television".
  7. ^ "Guy Penrod Hosts "Gospel Music Showcase" - Only on Daystar Television".
  8. ^ "Bobby & Sherry Burnette - Love a Child - Daystar Televisoin".
  9. ^ "Kingdom Connection with Jentezen Franklin - Daystar Television".
  10. ^ "Joel Osteen - Lakewood Church".
  11. ^ "Ana Paula (Valadão) Bessa - Daystar Television Guest Guide". 17 May 2016.
  12. ^ Arellano, Gustavo (2004-02-26). "Jesus, Meet Michael Powell". OC Weekly. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-05-22.
  13. ^ Castillo, Andrew (2006-10-23). "Governor stops sale of KOCE-TV station". Mt. San Antonio College Mountaineer. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-05-22.
  14. ^ Consent Decree between FCC and Daystar. Retrieved on December 23, 2008.
  15. ^ "Re: Form 314 Application for Consent to Assignment of License of…" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  16. ^ Boedecker, Hal (15 August 2012). "FCC grants UCF the license for Channel 24". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012.
  17. ^ Harding, Kevin R. (September 27, 2012). "In Re: BLCDT-20060622AAS…" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  18. ^ "Ousted Christian TV Network Takes Case to Israeli High Court".
  19. ^ "Daystar creeps back into Israel". Jewish Israel. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-06-08. Retrieved 2012-09-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ Televangelist says he cheated on wife,, December 1, 2010.
  22. ^ Jabali-Nash, Naimah (December 3, 2010). "Rev. Marcus Lamb of DayStar TV Faces Unusual Lawsuit After Admitting Affair". CBS News.
  23. ^ Katherine T. Phan (20 February 2011). "New Daystar Lawsuit Accuses Joni Lamb's Father of Sexual Harassment". The Christian Post. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Third Former Employee Sues Daystar".
  25. ^ Jeffrey Weiss (21 March 2012). "High-profile sexual harassment lawsuits against Christian broadcaster Daystar quietly withdrawn". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2013-07-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ "ANNOUNCEMENT FOR GRACE TV AND DAYSTAR". Grace Media. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  28. ^ "Daystar is Now Available in HD! - Daystar Television". 25 September 2014.
  29. ^ Astra 2G at 28.2°E LyngSat. Accessed October 16, 2018
  30. ^ Daystar Television launches full-time on Freeview Digital TV Europe January 7, 2015. Accessed October 16, 2018
  31. ^ "Daystar News" (PDF). Daystar. February 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2015.

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