New Jersey Network, known to New Jerseyans as NJN is now NJTV and is to operated by WNET the New York public broadcasting station. Governor Christie made the announcement today saying, “no one elected me to be programmer in chief.”
The sale saves the state about $11 million a year. The state of New Jersey will retain the TV license and will sell nine public radio licenses to Philadelphia (WHYY) and New York City (WNYC and WQXR).
New Jerseyans essentially have two out-of-state markets for their news: New York City and Philadelphia, a void NJN was to fill when it began in 1968. According to reports the new non-profit will be required to dedicate 20 hours per week to New Jersey programming and will be made up of a board of New Jersey residents.
The legislature has 15 days to veto, otherwise the deal goes into effect on July 1.