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June 25, 1992 | By Jodi Enda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 21, 2010 | By Cynthia Burton, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
NEWS
June 24, 2011 | By Beth DeFalco, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 7, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
NEWS
June 19, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
June 10, 2011 | By Beth Defalco, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
August 14, 1986 | By Chris Conway, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 1992 | By Jodi Enda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer correspondent Peter Finn contributed to this story
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.
NEWS
June 16, 1992 | By Henry J. Holcomb, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
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.
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BUSINESS
July 4, 2011
The Rotary Club of Philadelphia , a nonprofit humanitarian service organization, has elected Scott Grande president. He is assistant vice president with Firstrust Bank. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences , which represents industry professionals working in regional television, elected the following officers and chapter leaders to its board of governors. Brad Nau , senior executive producer, special projects at Comcast SportsNet, is president.
NEWS
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
NEWS
June 24, 2011 | By Beth DeFalco, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 19, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
NEWS
June 16, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
In the war against public employees in New Jersey and beyond, the enemy is an entitled bureaucrat or lazy teacher enjoying a lifestyle and benefits you paid for but could never find in the private sector. Politicians like Gov. Christie prefer not to put a human face on the casualties, lest shrinking the state workforce sound like what it really is: firing decent people from middle-class jobs, throwing families into an economic sinkhole from which they may never escape. Thankfully, the 120 soon-to-be-laid-off employees at New Jersey Network have a nose for news and big hearts.
NEWS
June 10, 2011 | By Beth Defalco, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 7, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
NEWS
June 6, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The state of New Jersey will cease its involvement in public broadcast following an agreement reached with New York's WNET to take over the New Jersey Network's broadcast operations. Gov. Christie has long said that it is not the state's business to run a broadcast network and it is not the state taxpayers' role to fund one. WNET will create an entity called New Jersey Public Media and run a new channel called NJTV. In an announcement today, Christie said the new arrangement will result in stronger overall programming, increased programming of interest to Garden Staters, and continued public affairs programming.
NEWS
November 21, 2010 | By Cynthia Burton, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
NEWS
October 16, 2010
TRENTON - A legislative task force says the state should no longer be in the business of running a public television and radio network. Gov. Christie said this year that New Jersey cannot afford to operate New Jersey Network. His budget eliminated state funding for it after Dec. 31. A report released Friday by the 10-member bipartisan task force created to study NJN's future basically endorsed Christie's plan to convert it from a government entity to an independent broadcast outlet.
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