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New TruthQuest website debuts; BBC to feature TQ on program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A website designed to appeal to teenage viewers of the “TruthQuest: California” television series was launched Oct. 16 and features weekly updates, video clips from the show and behind-the-scenes footage.

Truthquest.sbc.net is a vital part of our multi-partner, multimedia effort to present this ministry project,” said Will Hall, vice president for news services of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and executive editor of Baptist Press. “Our desire is to inspire teenagers to seek to know a little bit more about TruthQuest and so learn more about Jesus Christ and some of the ways they might serve him.”

“The TruthQuest website is designed to complement the TV show, providing a place for the viewer to learn more about the cast and what makes them tick,” added Chris Chapman, director of Internet services for the SBC Executive Committee. “Our design team has done a fantastic job using video, music and photos to create a cool, interactive place to hang out with TruthQuest”

TruthQuest: California is a Christian reality television show that follows the adventures of 12 evangelical Christian teenagers as they apply their faith while in California. The 13-episode series is a collaboration between Baptist Press, FamilyNet Television and B&H Publishing Group.

“We are greatly pleased with the look and format and feel it is one of the top sites of its type on the Internet,” Hall said. “We are anxious to see how it contributes to our overall outreach through TruthQuest: California.”

The new site features biographies of each cast member, weekly journal entries, photos and video clips from each episode. Viewers who don’t have access to FamilyNet Television on their cable system will soon be able to view the first episode on the site.

The site also includes contemporary Christian music featured on the show and links to such artists’ sites as Third Day and Bebo Norman.

In other related news:

— Songs of Praise, a weekly program produced by the British Broadcasting Company in London, is traveling to the United States to interview several individuals involved in the filming of TruthQuest: California.

BBC crews will interview Todd Starnes, assistant editor of Baptist Press and creator of TruthQuest: California, and cast members Richard “Sparky” Sparkman and Tim Harms.

Sparkman and Harms, the youngest TruthQuest members, will share their experiences of traveling up the coast of California last July participating in extreme missions.

Songs of Praise has a weekly audience of 5 million viewers and it is one of the BBC’s most popular and longest running programs.

— Daily Planet’s hit single “Flying Blind” has been selected as the theme song for the TruthQuest: California television show.

“We went through stacks of CDs in our search for the right music to set the tone for TruthQuest California,” said R. Martin Coleman, vice president of production at FamilyNet, “And Daily Planet’s song Flying Blind best embodied what we are trying to accomplish. We were excited about finding the perfect song and then lo and behold we find out its number one on the charts. That demonstrates two things. We should get [the song] out more and, two, this song is connecting with people in a huge way.”

Daily Planet released their debut album on Aug. 22 and garnered their first CHR radio No.1 with “Flying Blind.” Daily Planet is currently out on the fall SHOUTfest tour with Salvador, Jeff Deyo and Rachael Lampa, among others, through mid-November.

TruthQuest: California is sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources and World Changers. LifeWay is the parent organization for B&H Publishing Group, creators of the TruthQuest Inductive Student Bible and the TruthQuest(tm) product line. World Changers is a student volunteer missions organization of the SBC’s North American Mission Board. Music for the series is being provided by Nashville-based Provident Music Group.

TruthQuest: California airs weekly on FamilyNet Television on Thursdays, 7 p.m. Eastern time, Fridays, 12 a.m. & 11 p.m. ET, Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. ET, and Sundays, 12:30 a.m. ET.

For more information on the show, visit the TruthQuest: California website at www.truthquest.sbc.net

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