Plenty of us scoffed when Scientology leader David Miscavige spent millions to purchase and renovate the KCET studios in Los Angeles and rename it Scientology Media Productions, which he opened last May.
After buying the five-acre complex in 2011, Miscavige pressured his followers to make donations so the complex could be completed — and in return, he promised that they would have a 24-hour television station to broadcast Scientology’s message around the country and around the world.
Since then, Miscavige has been mocked for making that promise as the SMP hasn’t appeared to produce much of anything.
But now, oh ye doubters, we have proof that this summer, Scientology is getting that 24-hour cable station, just as Miscavige promised.
A tipster informed us that a simple search now shows that Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), the nation’s second-largest cable system with 25 million customers in 41 states, has blocked out a channel for Scientology Media Productions, SCNTV, with programming to be announced.
Meanwhile, that same tipster managed to attend Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Event earlier this month, and said that during his two-hour presentation, Miscavige said that the cable station was coming this summer.
At the event, Miscavige ran down a list of shows which would be appearing on SCNTV, including programming by Freedom magazine, 9 hours of L. Ron Hubbard biographical episodes, the “Meet a Scientologist” series, episodes about each Ideal Org, and videos about the church’s “Fourth Dynamic Campaigns” — in other words, outreach and expansion.
Meanwhile, a page at the Spectrum website lists these exciting titles for shows, which sound to us like the same videos the church has already posted at its website and YouTube channel:
What is Scientology, Drug Free World, Detox from Street Psychiatric Drugs, Youth for Human Rights, The Hubbard Electro Meter, What is Real Education, An Overview of Scientology, and “Amazing.”
Also, at the event, our tipster says the SMP presentation included the Nation of Islam’s Minister Tony Muhammad and a testimonial by another NOI figure — could the Nation be getting some use out of the channel as well?
“At the event they were also doing a written ‘skills survey’ that was clearly aimed at recruiting for SMP. Questions were about experience in copyrighting, broadcasting, etc. It was quite lengthy and detailed,” our tipster says.
It’s really happening! And how the hell did Miscavige pull it off? We’d love for a tipster inside Charter Spectrum to let us know how Scientology managed to find a slot in what must have been an already fully booked cable lineup.
Also we can’t help looking back at a tweet Kirstie Alley posted a couple of weeks ago…
Is it possible that SMP might be producing some actual shows for the new station and not using it merely to broadcast its boring YouTube videos? Could Kirstie Alley, for example, be working on some counter-programming to A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath?
That would be kind of epic.
We want to hear your ideas for shows. If Miscavige is going to lay out what must be mountains of cash for this thing, he might as well get his money’s worth.
Wow. We can hardly wait.
Bonus items from our tipsters
Kuba Ka had his 26th birthday last night (or his 31st), and it was not a fun occasion: “Very sad Birthday this year, out of Hospital for tonight. It’s not about me – it’s about how much that Charity Ball at @scientology Celebrity Centre could do for Refugees… It was my Dream…”
What not to get Kuba for his birthday: For only $9.99 at her store, Joy Villa dog tags!
Meanwhile, in Moscow, it’s a Harry Potter theme and the Sorting Hat is pulling in the donations!
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