WNET Selected by NJ Governor Christie to Provide Programming to NJN

June 6th, 2011

Gov. Christie, WNET President Neil Shapiro, and host Steve Adubato (Photo: Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Earlier today, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his recommendation that WNET be selected to provide programming and services to New Jersey Network (NJN). Upon approval by the legislature, WNET will provide programming and services under a five-year agreement.

Among the programs that the network, which will be re-named NJTV, will air include:

  • A newly launched summertime edition of a news program in July—NJ Today—at the same frequency (4 broadcasts per day) and same airtimes as NJN currently runs.  In the fall a new version of NJ Today will premiere, with a focus on in-depth interviews, similar to the PBS NewsHour.
  • Popular PBS programs and never before seen shows like Charlie Rose.
  • An expanded daily uninterrupted children’s block of programs (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

The New Jersey legislature is given 15 days from today to vote on Governor Christie’s recommendation. If approved, WNET will begin providing programming and services to NJN effective July 1.