MultiChoice, the parent company of DStv and GOtv, has officially announced that Emmanuel TV will no longer be available on their packages starting from January 17th, 2024. The decision to remove the popular religious channel comes after Emmanuel TV hinted at its planned departure from MultiChoice’s pay-TV services.
Emmanuel TV, broadcasting on DSTV channel 390, has been owned by the late Nigerian controversial cleric, Prophet Temitope Babatunde Joshua, since 2006. The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), founded by TB Joshua, has been airing diverse programs on various pay-TV stations over the years.
The announcement coincides with the recent release of a three-part documentary by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that sheds light on the controversial lifestyle of the late TB Joshua. The documentary claims to have interviewed at least 30 former members and workers of SCOAN, revealing stories of abuses, harassment, rape, manipulation, and staged miracles spanning over two decades.
SCOAN responded to the BBC investigation, dismissing it as baseless and asserting that the interviewed individuals were unknown to the church. In an official statement, SCOAN clarified that the purpose of its response was to dispel misconceptions that may arise from the BBC report.
Since the passing of TB Joshua in June 2021, Emmanuel TV has been relying heavily on rebroadcasting old content produced during the late founder’s lifetime. The new management of SCOAN, led by Pastor Evelyn Joshua, the wife of the late founder, is reportedly facing numerous challenges that have affected the financial base of the church.
The removal of Emmanuel TV from MultiChoice platforms marks a significant development in the media landscape, impacting millions of viewers who regularly tuned in for religious programming and teachings associated with the late Prophet TB Joshua. It remains to be seen how this decision will influence the reach and influence of SCOAN in the broader media sphere.