Last week, one of our tipsters found evidence that the Church of Scientology has convinced the country’s second-largest cable television system, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), to make room for SCNTV, a channel that will carry Scientology’s programming.
Our tipster also attended the LRH Birthday Event, and told us what church leader David Miscavige said about the upcoming Scientology channel. And now, that same tipster has done us another solid: They passed on to us pages from the new International Scientology News (ISN) magazine, which reports on that speech by Miscavige and gives us some new details.
Most importantly, we can set a firmer date on the channel going live: In his speech, Miscavige claimed that programming would begin airing “by the time we reach the summer solstice,” which falls on June 21.
That’s just 11 weeks away. (And it also means that Scientology will be firing up its 24-hour programming by the time we are gathering in Denver for HowdyCon. We may have to set aside some time for a watch party.)
But really, we could never sell this channel the way Scientology does. You just have to get a look at the language in this ISN article…
Camera crews have been deployed around the world. The editing bays and audio mix rooms have been buzzing with activity. Scintillating shows have been produced and packaged. Soon, the whole world will see what we’ve known all along — Scientology is the coolest, boldest religion on the planet.
This summer, the highly anticipated launch of the Scientology Network will capture the world’s attention with never-before-seen programming that goes behind the scenes of Scientology. For the first time ever, we will be able to tell our stories in our voice and show the incredible scope and scale of the Scientology religion.
Headquartered at Scientology Media Productions (SMP), a five-acre complex that opened last May in Hollywood, the network is producing original programming to fuel a 24/7 broadcast feed showcasing all aspects of Scientology. The state-of-the-art production studio sits on the oldest continuously operating studio lot in Los Angeles, dating back in 1912 when the silent film era was in its heyday. LRH himself worked on this very lot as a screenwriter in the 1930s. A multi-million dollar renovation preserved the historic character of the buildings while transforming the landmark studio into an ultra modern, high-tech, self-contained production campus where more history will surely be made.
We are inviting the world inside the Scientology experience, showcasing our social betterment programs and introducing them to Scientologists making a difference around the world. Stay tuned for regular series like Meet a Scientologist, through profiles of parishioners it highlights how we are everybody and everywhere. Voices for Humanity will allow us to show how our religion is helping the world on every front of human rights. And Inside a Church will take viewers into orgs around the world, featuring the people, places and stories specific to each church.
The network will enable us to reach more people than ever before. Unabashed. Unfiltered. Unlike anything on television. Planetary dissemination, here we come!
We emailed and called media relations professionals at Charter Spectrum and received no response. And our friend and former colleague, James King, who wrote about the new channel for Vocativ, also heard nothing from Spectrum reps. Why can’t Spectrum answer a few questions about something that’s on its own website?
More shade thrown at Leah Remini
Not long after we posted yesterday’s story about Scientology’s latest set of videos attacking Leah Remini, a new video appeared on the website the church has set up to take shots at the actress and her A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath. This one is a little longer, and it features 74-year-old Scientologist Penny Atwell Jones, who says Leah is an all around poo-poo head.
She also happens to be the mother of party planner Brooke Daniels, who, according to former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, is dating actress Catherine Bell, which makes things a bit dicey for a high-level Scientologist in the notoriously homophobic organization. (As we often point out, however, celebrities get to break the rules that other Scientologists have to abide by.)
Another Scientologist goes on camera to say that Leah Remini was an awful person. What effect do you think David Miscavige expects this to have?
Countdown to Denver!
HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25. Go here to start making your plans.
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