Emmanuel TV Discontinuation: Multichoice Takes Action Following Controversial BBC Documentary

The religious television network, Emmanuel TV, established by the late leader of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), T.B. Joshua, is slated to be discontinued from broadcast by Multichoice. This decision follows a controversial documentary produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) focusing on the clergyman.

Multichoice has officially announced that the broadcast of Emmanuel TV will cease on DStv starting January 17, 2024. The catalyst for this decision was the contentious BBC documentary, which featured individuals claiming to be victims of molestation and torture allegedly perpetrated by the late Prophet T.B. Joshua. He was accused, in the BBC investigation, of raping, torturing, and abusing followers over a period of almost 20 years. Accusations included instances of child abuse, taking place in a compound in Lagos.

A message displayed by the broadcaster reads, “Dear viewer, please note that Emmanuel TV will exit on the 17th of January 2024. Thank you for watching.” Additionally, Emmanuel TV will no longer be available on StarSat and various other pay-TV platforms.

The three-part BBC documentary accused the late T.B. Joshua of engaging in sexual crimes and committing atrocities against his disciples. The investigative series reportedly included interviews with at least 30 purported former members and workers of the SCOAN as part of the broader examination into the actions of the late cleric and his church.

Here is part 1 of the BBC series titled Disciples: The Cult of TB Joshua.

Temitope Balogun Joshua was a Nigerian charismatic pastor and televangelist. He was the leader and founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations, a Christian megachurch that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, Nigeria. He died on the 5th of June 2021 aged 57.

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