Christian Television Network has a media crisis on it’s hands now that one of it’s children’s entertainers has been arrested. Ronald Brown, a puppeteer on the network’s long-running Joy Junction has been charged with conspiracy to kidnap and eat children.
CTN completely fails at crisis management.
According to The Tampa Bay Times:
Brown worked for years for the Christian Television Network in Largo, the state’s oldest Christian broadcasting station. He performed with puppets on a Captain Kangaroo-style show called Joy Junction. In one episode, a video excerpt of which is available online, he operates a puppet that talks disdainfully about how some bad kids tried to show him pornography.
A receptionist at CTN’s headquarters in Largo said Tuesday that the station had no comment on Brown’s arrest and would not make other officials available or allow a reporter into the building. It is not clear whether Brown still works there, though his Facebook page states he is employed as a control operator at the network.
That’s a huge mistake, CTN! You simply must do better than that. You need to *at the very least* assure everyone that you are cooperating with police investigations to the fullest. There are other reasons to assume they are seriously dropping the ball here.
CTN is apparently still airing Joy Junction!
Four days after the arrest… I noticed that according to their schedules, CTN is still showing Joy Junction. I assume that this blog post will inspire them to ‘fix this issue’, so I’ve preserved the schedules. Saturday mornings, the outraged Florida communities can have this monster entertaining their children in their homes.
CTN has not replied to my phone calls or E-mails. Perhaps you’ll have better luck.
Production Manager: 727.535.5622 | Email: Richard Wolfe
[Brown's mugshot is below the fold.]