Religious television programs may be a component of a channel’s broadcast repertoire on commercial, secular television networks or core programming content on networks with a religious focus. Religious programming may be traditional or modern. Traditional programs that include rituals and sermons are often associated with religious organizations, while modern programs that include shows reflecting religion’s role in everyday life are often associated with secular television networks.

Religious programming on television is a response to public demand and often to directives from civil and religious authorities. The programs shape discourse on public interest issues with religious dimensions and affect personal well-being. This entry provides an overview of the nature and content of traditional and modern religious programming on television vis-à-vis selected global belief systems.

Traditional Programming

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