October 1 (WNN) — Pat Robertson steps down as host, after turning Virginia television station into a global religious broadcasting network 700 Club 60 years later, the Christian Broadcasting Network said on Friday.
Robertson, 91, said on Friday’s show that it would be his last show and that his son Gordon Peterson would be the new host. Robertson said he would teach at Regent’s University, which he founded in 1977, and would attend the show every month to answer audience emails and serve as a senior advisor on international affairs.
Robertson purchased a bankrupt television station in Portsmouth, VA in 1961 and began broadcasting to the Christian Broadcasting Network. 700 Club Came after five years. Now, the network is in over 100 countries and territories and broadcasts in dozens of languages.
Some of Robertson’s comments received public criticism, including his call for the 2005 assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. He also called for an end to mandatory sentences for those convicted of marijuana possession.
He ran for US presidency in 1988 and founded the Christian Coalition. In 2007, his son took over the network. Gordon Robertson said that he would continue to lead the show for many years to come.