New Jersey Shops For Operator For Public Radio, TV Stations
January 28, 2011 at 4:29 AM (PT)
The state of NEW JERSEY is moving forward with plans to find an outside operator for the NEW JERSEY NETWORK radio and television stations, with State Treasurer ANDREW SIDAMON-ERISTOFF elected Chairman of the NEW JERSEY PUBLIC BROADCASTING AUTHORITY and PUBLIC RADIO CAPITAL hired to draft a request for proposals to operate the stations. The NEWARK STAR-LEDGER reports that the stations' board approved a three-month budget on JANUARY 14th that includes $2.1 million in state funds and $1.3 million in lottery and least revenue.
SIDAMON-ERISTOFF told the STAR-LEDGER that a partner to run the stations is expected to be in place by APRIL 1st, adding, "We should be able to get the process completed in 90 days. That’s what we’re driving for. Otherwise we have to go back to the treasurer and ask for more money."
Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE has called for the state to exit the public broadcasting business by finding an outside operator to run the stations.