20 years of ACCTV

“ACCTV has been boldly proclaiming the gospel message 24/7 since Easter Sunday 1999. What a privilege from God to be serving Him through our media vision.” – Mike Jeffs


This Easter Sunday we are thrilled to be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ACCTV (Australian Christian Channel). Twenty years ago God’s vision for our organisation became a reality.

It seemed an unlikely dream, but ACCTV was to become the first permanent 24hr Christian TV channel in Australia.

Humble beginnings in the back corner of a car dealership

From mobile phones to television

Founded by Mike Jeffs, who had a vision for a family oriented, positive ‘good news’ television channel, his original business was not in TV but mobile phones.

From humble beginnings, he and his family developed ‘Network Communications’ in relationship with Optus, which has since grown to be a nationwide company with nearly 60 stores established all over the country. It is through this format of ‘Business as Mission’ that Mike was able to fund his dream for a tv channel (without the need of solicitation of donations) and so, ACCTV was born.

“I must confess I struggle in expressing the significance of this event and the many emotions associated with it. After many years of living in faith, sharing and speaking out Vision – God’s Vision for our Organisation has become a reality,” says Mike. “Oh, what a precious thing it is to be a part of a modern-day miracle,”

The first Network store and the start of great things to come


20 years of ACCTV

A lot has happened to ACCTV in the subsequent years, from successfully moving from one of the smallest distribution Pay TV channels to the biggest, airing on Optus Vision, Foxtel, and Austar and most recently to launching phone, tablet and smart-tv apps and satellite and an on-demand service making it now accessible not just via broadcast but to all Australians on a number of platforms with over 500,000 viewers per month.

Throughout all this tremendous growth ACCTV has achieved its original goal of becoming a trusted broadcaster of positive good news to Australians and is a leader in the world of Christian Broadcasting. It is true now that every Australian household as the ability to received ACCTV. At ACCTV we aim to be curators of good stories. Stories about hope, life and the things God is up to in the world. We want to inspire all Australians with the life-transforming good news of Jesus through engaging television. We take the statement ‘We Love Good TV’ to heart and believe that Good TV should be available for the whole family anywhere, anytime. 

To discover more about the ACCTV story as the channel comes into its 21st year, tune in on Sunday the 21st April at 5:30 pm or 9:30 pm (AEST) for a special anniversary documentary presentation. (Also available on Catchup at ACCTV NOW)

It might be ACCTV’s birthday but viewers and fans are getting the presents. There are FIVE Superfan gift packs to win including a T-shirt, mug, bumper sticker, pencil, tote bag, a beautiful Eagle print by Artist Jess LeClerc, book and DVD pack. Competition now CLOSED. Thanks so much to all our wonderful viewers for their lovely comments and best wishes. Our winners are Joyce, Jenny, Heather, Margaret and Jasmine.

Terms and Conditions for the ‘ACCTV 20 Year Superfan’ Book Giveaway.
1. Information on how to enter this competition forms part of the terms and conditions. Entry is open to Australian residents, 18 + only. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries. Entries that are not genuine are incomplete, or ineligible will be declared void. Entry is via terms posted on the competition page on the Australian Christian Channel website only.
2. Winners will be notified by an email to the email account supplied with the entry.
3. Entries for the ‘ACCTV 20 Year Superfan’ giveaway opens 16/04/19 and closes at 11.59pm AEST on the 26/04/19. Entries will be judged and winners notified within 72 hours of the competition end date at the Australian Christian Channel. Winners will be notified by email. If you do not wish to accept this prize or do not claim this prize within 90 days, the prize will be awarded to the next winner (as decided by the Australian Christian Channel).
4. The promoter (Australian Christian Channel) accepts no responsibility for any variation in prizes. The prize consists of a T-shirt, mug, bumper sticker, pencil, tote bag, an Eagle print by Artist Jess LeClerc, book and DVD pack. Prizes are non-transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash.
5. The promoter (Australian Christian Channel) and all related bodies corporate, officers, employees and agents shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for personal injury suffered or sustained, as a result of accepting the prizes, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
6. The winner’s prize will be mailed out to the address provided upon entry unless otherwise notified by the promoter. Please allow up to seven business days for the prize delivery. The promoter accepts no responsibility for the lost or undelivered prizes. One month after the publication of the winner’s name, all claims for prizes by those published winners will be void.



22 thoughts on “20 years of ACCTV

  1. Many many happy returns to Acctv. We have been your fan for the last 20 years. We live in a remote area where our only tv was through Austar. We were so happy to discover a CHRISTIAN channel to watch instead of all the mostly rubbish on the other channels. We have learnt a lot about our faith, have been able to praise God every week on many programs but especially Songs of Praise ( could we have some new episodes please) and there is a different atmosphere in our home when ACCTV being shown.
    Thankyou for your vision and faith to keep on the air.

  2. Congratulations on 20 years of ACCTV. Since discovering ACCTV just over 2 years ago I have not looked back. ACCTV accounts for 98% of my TV viewing. I love When Calls the Heart, Ties that Bind, Signed, sealed, delivered and the Christian Movies.

  3. I love the broad range of shows and movies on offer that point people to Jesus. And in a time.of geeat moral decline in our society there are great uplifting programs to watch. We especially love our Thursday night… when calls the heart and can’t wait for it to restart

  4. Congratulations on 20 years of broadcasting.
    I paid for Foxtel for 22 years, I dont watch commercial TV unless it is the catch up as I dont like ads.
    But I cant wait to watch ACCTV for WHEN CALLS THE HEART. I love the show, I discovered it on Netflix and am looking forward to season 6. If ACCTV has more shows like When Calls The Heart I’ll be watching more often
    Thank you
    Wishing you another 20 years of success.

  5. Wow 20 yrs. So awesome. Thanks for being the channel we can count on for wholesome family tv. Plenty of good shows to watch for all ages. We love when calls the heart the most. May you celebrate another 20.

  6. Congrats on the 20 years Birthday Celebration. I love the access to kids time steering them to the truth, and giving access to a range of programs that everyone can watch enjoy and grow.

  7. Congratulations on 20 years truly amazing , I love the range of shows on ACCTV and love watching as a family , Our number one favourite is ‘When calls the heart ‘ most , Wishing everyone a safe Easter !

  8. I didn’t realise that I had such a treasured gem on my Foxtel box for quite a few years before I discovered ACCTV about 2 years ago. I also downloaded your App, which enables me to watch such great tv content. I have told others about the wonderful programs that range from documentaries to fictional shows. Just finished watching the series “Joan of Arcadia” via the app. While not overtly Christian, it covered a range of topics that would enable parents to have a conversation with their teenagers about topics like dating, pre marital sex, emotional pain, self worth etc. Congratulations on celebrating 20 years of broadcasting – Thankyou for giving us such quality TV for viewing, that so often challenges my own faith and encourages discussion in my family. ❤️💐

  9. Congratulations on 20 years… ACCTV is my only go to place for decent family viewing and christian content after installing instal life in my home i have no need for Local tv anymore .. ACCTV is my main viewing channel.

  10. Positive uplifting tv..only a lot of rubbish on mainstream tv these days. ACCTV offers uplifting teaching, music, documentaries and films that are not only decent but often bless my socks off! Not to mention my beloved When Calls the Heart Series! Love, love, love ACCTV..bless you!

  11. Congratulations ACCTV we love the programming and have been watching for years Here’s to many more years 🙏
    Ps When calls the heart is my fav 💕

  12. Congratulations ACCTV on 20 years 🎊As it’s also 20yrs ago both my husband and I married also, which makes it extra special 😁🎊❤️My family and I absolutely love all the various Christian movies on ACCTV that come on. Thank you ACCTV for all your great work 👍🏼

  13. I love that I can watch anything from this channel as all content is positive and clean, in a world full of sad things is refreshing to see the good content on tv. Thank you guys! God bless.

  14. We love ACCTV in our house – something for everyone. Movies with a message for the whole family, brilliant life changing and thought provoking God, Jesus and Holy Spirit led teaching. Gifted Pastors/speakers. Well done team and Happy Birthday

  15. Wow 20 years! Congratulations to everyone involved. I love how you guys started from such humble beginnings and have expanded into such a well known and world class channel.

  16. I love the variety of shows, movies and preachers. I can be entertained, informed, challenged and worship all on one channel. its been a vital part of my walk and taught me so much.

  17. Love how accessible ACC.tv is !! 😊 So wonderful to watch via the app making all the content available for anyone to access. Love the mix of shows. Something for everyone. Congratulations on all you have achieved over the last 20 years . 🎊🎈🎊 xx

  18. I love how much you (all those who have given themselves to the vision of ACCTV of the 20 years) have shaped media today and how you have built relationships with Foxtel and many others that paved the way for more Christian media to be broadcasted throughout Australia. Thank you for keeping your eyes fixed on the vision God gave you years ago. I so appreciate all you do. Keep it up!!!

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