New Jersey Network Radio Fate Undecided As Deal For TV Operations Moves Forward
June 1, 2011 at 4:02 AM (PT)
NEW JERSEY NETWORK's radio operations continue to be in play as the state-owned public broadcaster completes a deal to hand over operation of its four television stations to a new nonprofit formed by PBS affiliate WNET (TV)/NEWARK-NEW YORK, reports the NEWARK STAR-LEDGER. WNET will work with a group of programmers, including longtime NEW JERSEY political pundit STEVE ADUBATO's CAUCUS EDUCATIONAL CORP., on filling the NJN schedule, saving the state the TV network's $11 million operational cost.
The STAR-LEDGER reports that the state is "expected to decide the fate of the network’s radio system by year’s end." The state and PUBLIC RADIO CAPITAL are considering 10 bidders for the broadcast operations but would not disclose any names, although the NEW JERSEY NETWORK FOUNDATION and MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY were listed as unsuccessful bidders.