TELEVISION

CBN Loses Popular Host

In a surprise announcement on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s (CBN) “700 Club” television program, cohost Ben Kinchlow told viewers he would be leaving CBN to pursue other career options. Kinchlow, who serves as vice-president for ministries for the network, joined CBN founder and former host, Pat Robertson, in 1975.

According to CBN spokesman Benton Miller, Kinchlow has not informed CBN of any specific future plans. Miller also mentioned that while CBN regretted losing Kinchlow, they have no immediate plans to replace him. “We have deliberately shifted our focus from individuals to issues, so in the long run I believe things will work out for the best.”

CBN board chairman Robert Slosser also expressed regret at Kinchlow’s departure. “This is Ben’s decision to go at this time and we respect and support him in what he believes is God’s call on his life,” said Slosser.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

Porn Fight To Heat Up

When a 1986 Justice Department commission reported a link between some sexually explicit material and violence, Attorney General Edwin Meese III vowed an “all-out campaign against the distribution of obscene material.” That same department has announced plans to make 1988 “a big year for obscenity prosecutions,” according to William F. Weld, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division.

Although civil liberties groups fear such a crackdown threatens First Amendment freedoms, department officials say they intend to move against major distributors of pornography, not individual bookstores and outlets.

Indictments against adults on obscenity charges jumped from 10 in 1986 to 71 in 1987, and observers ...

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