Neil Shapiro, president of WNET, which intends to take over NJN and run it via a non-profit entity, told the Assembly Budget Committee today that he hopes that by Labor Day to have a station located in New Jersey for the purposes of news programming.
He told the committee that he does not want to see public TV in the state “go dark,’’ and he is entering into this deal to keep public TV alive.
He said he is committed to news programming, cultural affairs and arts shows, and N.J.-centric programming. He told the committee the news side will start small but will grow.
He told the committee that he wants to provide more government programming than NJN is providing now. He wants shows that give people more time to talk as opposed to relying on “sound bites.’’
He envisions a smaller team of 15 to 20 people on the news programming operations. And although initially they will operate out of Manhattan, he told the committee that he hopes by Labor Day to have a station located in New Jersey.