Founder of CNI and The Worship Network, Lowell “Bud” Paxson, has Died
FOUNDER OF CNI and THE WORSHIP NETWORK, LOWELL “BUD” PAXSON HAS DIED
We are sad to receive the news that Mr. Lowell “Bud” Paxson has passed away. Mr. Paxson was founder of the Christian Network, Inc. which became more commonly known as The Worship Network. It was his life being interrupted by a Godly vision that caused him to launch Worship in 1992 and to generously provide the PAX TV platform as a powerful distribution method.
Over the years, millions of people have been touched by the beautiful nature footage, uplifting worship music, and reflective scripture that is the hallmark of Worship television. This programming provides alternative television for people from all walks of life and religious backgrounds who are struggling in their life and find themselves channel surfing in the middle of the night, looking for hope and encouragement.
“The ministry that Worship has had was profoundly impacted by Mr. Paxson’s vision, commitment to Worship, and the desire for Christian television to have an alternative to only preaching and teaching. The current and past Board of Stewards and past leadership, and all of the staff who has served Worship over the years is saddened by this news, and we express our condolences to Marla and the family,” said Bruce Koblish, President of CEO of CNI. “We will continue to do our best so that Bud’s vision can live on, by airing Worship online at worship.net and through a number of television affiliates around the world.”
Full Press Release from Hollywood Reporter: (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lowell-bud-paxson-hsn-founder-762493)
Lowell “Bud” Paxson, well-known as a radio and TV entrepreneur who helped popularize home shopping, was 80 years old.
Paxson, creator of the Home Shopping Network and PAX TV, died Jan. 9, the National Association of Broadcasters announced.
“Broadcasters have lost a friend and a legend in the passing of Bud Paxson, who was a tenacious advocate for over-the-air radio and television,” NAB president Gordon Smith said.
Paxson began his career as an owner of N.Y.-based WACK Radio. In 1982, he and business partner Roy Speer co-founded a Florida cable channel that sold products to viewers in the state. The channel, which launched nationwide in 1985, was first called the Home Shopping Club and later became the Home Shopping Network. It now goes by HSN, which Barry Diller purchased in 1996.
Paxson went on to start Paxson Communications Corporation, now known as Ion Media Networks. He acquired various radio and TV stations, later selling the radio outlets and using the TV stations to launch PAX TV, a network for family-friendly shows.
HSN’s Twitter page posted a message Saturday expressing grief at Paxson’s passing. “We are deeply saddened by the death of HSN founder Lowell ‘Bud’ Paxson — a true retail pioneer,” the tweet read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
The mogul, who was outspoken about his evangelical Christian faith, is survived by wife Marla; children Todd, Devon, Julie and Nicole; daughter-in-law Dorian; and several grandchildren.
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