As New Jersey Gets Out of the TV Business, New York’s WNET Is Poised to Take Over

Jun 1, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The television operation of New Jersey’s public broadcaster may soon be run by WNET-TV, New York City’s flagship PBS station, reports the Star-Ledger.

A new nonprofit that will be run by WNET is being formed, which will be charged with managing New Jersey Network’s TV operation and working with several programmers to provide content. WNET isn’t paying anything to New Jersey for the right to run the station, although the state expects to save $11 million in costs through the deal.

The move is the last step in New Jersey’s 15-month effort to spin off its public broadcasting network from the government. Gov. Chris Christie started the process in March 2010 when he said the state couldn’t afford to be in the TV business.

It’s unclear what will happen to the network’s employees under the proposed deal with WNET, the article says.

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