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Radio networks axe Ravi Zacharias' broadcast after confirmation of sexual misconduct

by Will Maule

A radio network which operates 180 stations across the US has dropped its long-standing broadcasts recorded by late apologist Ravi Zacharias after the organisation he founded admitted that he had engaged in sexual misconduct.

American Family Radio had been airing Zacharias' 'Let My People Think' show for 20 years on Sundays. 

In addition, Moody Radio, one of the largest Christian radio networks in the United States, has also announced it will be dropping Zacharias' recordings from its programming in response to the admission. 

“We are deeply saddened after reading the preliminary report provided to us by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM),” said Doug Hastings, vice president of Moody Radio. “The picture that is becoming clear about Ravi Zacharias through the work of an independent investigator is very much inconsistent with his public ministry." 

Hastings added that Moody Radio "prayerfully considers who we partner with, and as a ministry founded upon the Word of God, we firmly believe that those in positions of leadership and teaching Scripture must be above approach". 

Other radio networks who have dropped programmes attributed to Zacharias include WIHS Christian Radio and the Bible Broadcasting Network. 

On 24th December, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) announced that its founder "did indeed engage in sexual misconduct" on multiple occasions when attending two spa facilities that he co-owned outside Atlanta, Georgia.

RZIM attached the preliminary findings of an independent investigation to the allegations by the law firm Miller & Martin, which confirmed that Mr Zacharias had "engaged in sexual misconduct over the course of many years". 

"Some of that misconduct is consistent with and corroborative of that which is reported in the news recently," the report noted, "and some of the conduct we have uncovered is more serious." 

The firm added the investigation was ongoing and that RZIM intends to make the final report available to the public when it is complete. 

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