A vice president of Montclair State University defended their proposal for taking over NJN, a proposal rejected by the governor in favor of a deal with WNET.
Jack Shannon emphasized for the Assembly Budget Committee the campus studios and tower, use of student interns, expertise of an award-winning department of broadcasting and its faculty, and the fact they were not seeking any state subsidy.
In addition, the vice president of university advancement emphasized a commitment to N.J.-centric news programming that was a major concern of committee members’ questioning.
Among other things, WNET intends to operate NJN via a non-profit entity with a smaller news team, won’t have a studio in the state until probably by Labor Day, will receive money from the state, but also affirmed a commitment to expanding news coverage and programming about N.J. issues and government.
Shannon said there has been no formal communication to the best of his knowledge from the state explaining what the pros and cons of the university proposal were.