Times Union Partners with New York NOW

ALBANY—In the wake of Susan Arbetter's departure for WCNY, public television's New York NOW will partner with the Albany Times Union in a re-making of the weekly public affairs program.

Casey Seiler, the TU's state editor, will anchor the program's reporter roundtable while Irene Jay Liu, the driving force behind the Capitol Confidential blog, will do a segment cross-promoting it. Matt Ryan, the show's long-time producer, will continue in his current role.

The new arrangement will start October 9. Below is the press release from WMHT, where New York NOW makes its home.

Troy, N.Y., September 23, 2009 ? NEW YORK NOW, the only statewide broadcast television series focusing on New York State government, will expand its content and coverage through a multi-media alliance with the Times Union of Albany.


            The Edward R. Murrow Award-winning NEW YORK NOW, produced by WMHT Educational Telecommunications, will partner with the political reporting team of the Times Union to more completely cover the news and events of New York State government. NEW YORK NOW producer and correspondent Matt Ryan will be joined on-camera by Times Union State Editor Casey Seiler and Times Union political writer Irene Jay Liu.


            Ryan will continue in his award-winning role as producer of the series and will provide the program's on-camera summary of the week's major political events. Seiler will moderate the signature Reporter Roundtable that analyzes the important political events of the week. Liu will add her insightful Capitol Confidential report, linked to the blog of that name, taking New Yorkers behind the scenes of New York State government. Feature stories for each week's episodes will be produced by a combination of the three journalists. The new lineup for the series will launch on October 9.


            The new partnership with the Times Union's reporting staff will expand NEW YORK NOW's ability to serve as the only statewide broadcast television program focusing on New York State government. NEW YORK NOW will also have a prominent presence on timesunion.com, which is the home of the popular Capitol Confidential blog. This partnership will further establish the Times Union as the state's premier source in print and online journalism for reporting and analysis of New York State government.


            NEW YORK NOW will continue to showcase newsmaker interviews, roundtable conversations with print journalists as well as feature stories about the impact of New York public policy on the residents of the Empire State.


            Robert Altman, President and CEO of WMHT Educational Telecommunications said,

"WMHT is uniquely positioned for innovative collaboration across our community and across New York State. This alliance with the Times Union is a demonstration of how public service media can create multi-media partnerships that have a positive impact on individuals throughout the region and the state."

            Rex Smith, Times Union Editor and Vice President, said, "This partnership with WMHT allows the Times Union to share our journalistic expertise beyond our news pages and Web site. Through this program, a statewide television audience now will be exposed to Times Union reporting. It also will give users of timesunion.com new video content to augment our coverage."


            NEW YORK NOW has been awarded the NETA "Best News and Public Affairs Program" in the nation while simultaneously earning Two Telly Awards. The series is broadcast on all nine public television stations in New York State each weekend and is also made available on the statewide THINKBRIGHT digital cable service. NEW YORK NOW airs locally on WMHT-TV 17.1 on Fridays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM. It may be seen on WMHT-TV 17.2 on Fridays at 8:00 PM. 


            A trusted community resource for over half a century, WMHT Educational Telecommunications uses the power of non-commercial public television, radio, the web and other media to enrich the lives of more than a half million households throughout eastern New York state and portions of western Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Television broadcast channels include WMHT-DT (17.1), WMHT-ThinkBright/Create (17.2) and WMHT-World (17.3).  Radio stations operated by WMHT include WMHT-FM 89.1 & WRHV-FM 88.7 (classical) and WEXT 97.7 (alternative rock).  WMHT also operates RISE, a radio reading service for the visually and print disabled. In addition, WMHT offers numerous community outreach and family learning initiatives that inspire, educate and entertain for a lifetime.


With roots dating back to 1856, the Times Union is the leading multimedia information source in New York's Capital Region today, reaching over 468,024* adults every month. Timesunion.com is the most accessed media Web site in the Capital Region, with more than 278,700 unique visitors and 19 million page views each month**. Both the newspaper and the pioneering timesunion.com Web site have won numerous national awards. As part of its ongoing commitment to the Capital Region, the Times Union gives back to the community through projects such as the Classroom Enrichment Program, providing educators a way to help bridge the gap from classroom to the real world, the Jefferson Awards, honoring outstanding community volunteers, and the Times Union Hope Fund, developed to serve the needs of the area's children living in poverty.*Source: Scarborough 2009, Release 1; **Source: 2009 Media Audit

Times Union Partners with New York NOW