via press release:
CBN Announces Lee Webb’s Departure From Network;
John Jessup To Replace As Lead CBN News Anchor of The 700 Club
–CBN News To Be Anchored Live From Network’s Washington DC Bureau–
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (August 6, 2013) – Longtime Christian Broadcasting Network news anchor, Lee Webb will depart the network on August 30, 2013. Gordon Robertson, chief executive officer of CBN, made the announcement.
Mr. Webb is leaving CBN to join Dr. R.C. Sproul and his organization, Ligonier Ministries in Sanford, Florida, where he has accepted the position of Vice President of Broadcasting.
Mr. Webb joined CBN in 1994, serving as news anchor for The 700 Club, the news/magazine flagship program of The Christian Broadcasting Network, as well as anchoring CBN Newswatch, a 30-minute daily program. He has reported on numerous nationally significant events including Hurricane Katrina, Republican and Democratic conventions, and issues related to evangelicalism.
Of Mr. Webb’s departure, CBN’s Founder and Chairman, Pat Robertson, stated, “Lee Webb has brought grace and professionalism to every aspect of our news. He is a consummate professional, a dedicated Christian and a wonderful family man. We wish him God’s richest blessings in his new place of service.”
“I am eternally grateful for the opportunity Dr. Robertson gave me 19 years ago to be a part of this gifted and talented team of broadcast journalists enthusiastic to bring a Christian worldview to news events here and around the world,” said Mr. Webb. “I am also grateful to our loyal viewers and faithful partners who have encouraged and supported us on so many levels.”
Replacing Mr. Webb, CBN has named veteran news correspondent John Jessup as the new lead anchor for CBN News on The 700 Club.
Mr. Jessup has worked with the CBN News Bureau in Washington, D.C. since 2003, serving as CBN’s Capitol Hill correspondent and filing news stories for the 700 Club, Newswatch and anchoring Newsbreaks for affiliates across the country. His work has earned him several awards in reporting, producing, and coordinating elections coverage. Since joining CBN News, Mr. Jessup has covered national news, Washington politics, the economy and natural disasters, reporting from a number of locations across America and also Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the height of allegations of detainee abuse.
Mr. Jessup’s appointment will result in the news segment now being anchored live from CBN’s Washington D.C. bureau. Opened in 1980, this bureau covers national news, politics and terrorism reporting with a team of journalists including Emmy-winning Chief Political Correspondent David Brody, White House Correspondent Jennifer Wishon, senior CBN News correspondent Paul Strand and terrorism analyst Erick Stakelbeck.
Prior to joining CBN, Mr. Jessup reported and produced for NBC affiliates in Arkansas and Missouri. He graduated with a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Missouri and is affiliated with the National Association of Black Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association.
About The 700 Club
On the air continuously since 1966, The 700 Club is one of the longest-running programs in broadcast history. Hosted by Pat Robertson, Terry Meeuwsen and Gordon Robertson, The 700 Club is a mix of news and commentary, interviews, feature stories, and Christian ministry. The 700 Club can be seen in 96 percent of the homes in the U.S. and is carried on ABC Family cable network, FamilyNet, Trinity Broadcasting Network, plus numerous local U.S. television stations, and is seen daily by approximately one million viewers.