June 25, 1992 |
With one day to go before the vote that could cancel New Jersey Network, three businessmen say they want to buy the public-television station and turn it into a private operation, according to Assembly Speaker Garabed "Chuck" Haytaian. And it could happen, he said last night. Although the legislature is poised to vote today on a budget that eventually would cut the state's appropriation to the network, Haytaian said there was nothing to stop anyone from buying it. Haytaian said he received a letter yesterday from Ronald S. Taft, a New York entertainment lawyer who lives in New Jersey, saying that he and two other men would like to purchase the network.
November 21, 2010 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Two-thirds into taping his show, On the Record , veteran newsman Michael Aron asked what he called the "most self-serving question" of his career at NJN, the state-run public television station in New Jersey. In a show that airs Sunday, Aron, the station's news director, told leaders of the Legislature that New Jersey Network would go dark Jan. 1 without a state rescue. "Is that funding going to be there?" he asked. The most direct answer to that very direct question came from Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex)
June 24, 2011 |
TRENTON - New Jersey Network will "cease to exist" as most know it if lawmakers scrap a deal to allow a New York public broadcasting station to operate it, state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff told lawmakers Thursday. The law that granted the treasurer authority to negotiate the deal gives the Legislature the right to nullify it by Tuesday. The Assembly voted Thursday to approve a resolution to block the transfer to WNET-TV in New York. Testifying before the Senate Budget Committee, the treasurer said that should lawmakers veto the deal, the network would broadcast the minimum programming required to keep its license.
June 7, 2011 |
TRENTON - New Jersey plans to get out of the broadcasting business, hand control of its New Jersey Network television station to a public broadcasting powerhouse in New York City, and lay off NJN's 124 government employees, Gov. Christie announced Monday. State-owned NJN will become NJTV and will be operated by WNET-TV, Channel 13, in New York beginning July 1 - unless the Democratic-controlled Legislature blocks the five-year agreement. As part of the deal, NJTV would offer New Jersey-focused programming, including nightly news and political coverage.
June 19, 2011 |
TRENTON - Legislators met in a raucous hearing room to consider extraordinary cuts to public-employee benefits. Protesters were arrested en masse. One union leader called Gov. Christie a Nazi. Thursday was a busy day in Trenton. Reporters were scrambling in and out of the Statehouse, filing stories, photos, and videos. But for one media outlet, which had more people on the ground than any other, this may have been the last big story of their journalistic careers. New Jersey Network will be shut down at the end of the month after 40 years as the state's public station unless the Democratic Legislature provides a reprieve.
June 28, 2011
TRENTON - New York's largest public broadcasting station has secured a deal to take over New Jersey's state-owned television network after an attempt to block it failed. A resolution to reject the takeover fell one vote shy in the New Jersey Senate Monday night. Gov. Christie has said the state shouldn't be operating a news network and can't afford to. WNET-TV in New York will take over the station July 1. - AP
June 10, 2011 |
TRENTON - Some New Jersey lawmakers are taking a critical look at a deal to transfer operations of the state-owned New Jersey Network to one of New York's largest public broadcasting stations. U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) has asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to determine whether the deal is "consistent with the public interest and with FCC rules governing broadcast licenses. " He questioned whether the deal is in the best interests of New Jerseyans.
August 14, 1986 |
Bowing to public pressure, the New Jersey Network (NJN) will re-examine its decision to drop the zany, slapstick Uncle Floyd Show from its fall television schedule. The politically appointed New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, which oversees the state-owned public-television network, voted in June to drop Uncle Floyd and two other programs, Dark Shadows and People, Pets and Dr. Mark. But authority chairman Stephen Adubato said yesterday that he had been flooded with letters and phone calls protesting the decision to cancel Uncle Floyd and that he had asked the NJN staff to take a second look at the show.
June 28, 1992 |
Dear Mr. J. Martin, Thank you for giving us a tour of NJN. . . . I liked it when we got to see ourselves on T.V. I will definatily (sic) tune in your station. Sincerely, Heather Young Heather can flip the channels all she wants, but there is little chance that the Barnegat, N.J., student - or anybody else - will find New Jersey Network after the end of this year. The only public television station owned by the nation's ninth most populous state is scheduled to fade to black.
June 16, 1992 |
NJN, "New Jersey's own public television network," would be operated by New York's WNET (Channel 13) within six months if the state Legislature's Republican leadership has its way. This change would beam the New York City station into the Philadelphia market - the nation's fourth largest - over NJN's existing Channel 23 in Camden. It also would allow WNET to compete for membership and corporate funds with WHYY-TV (Channel 12) and WYBE-TV (Channel 35). Both Republican leaders and WNET said it was too soon to say how New Jersey programming would fit into the schedule of a station serving New York and Connecticut.