July 27, 2011: Michael Aron joining NJTV as chief political correspondent, will be morphed into “Steve Adubato”.
Michael Aron, the veteran journalist formerly of New Jersey Network and the dean of the Statehouse press corps, is joining NJTV as chief political correspondent and vice president of news and public affairs. Still being negotiated at this time is whether or not Mr. Aron must change his name to ‘Steve Adubato’, to be in line with all the other shows on the newly-formed NJTV. However, the former NJN anchor has agreed to have his image ‘morphed’ into that of Steve Adubato, when onscreen.
Aron hosted two well-regarded award-winning weekly shows that had been mainstays for some 20 years on NJN: “On the Record” and “Reporters Roundtable.” He will continue with similar shows on NJTV, although they will now be renamed “On the Adubato Record” and “Adubato’s Roundtable.” These two news shows will air each night right after “Real Housewives of Adubato” and “Are You Smarter Than Steve Adubato?”
“Having the chance to continue being a journalist in this state allows me to cover the people I so enjoy reporting on and about, is a welcomed opportunity,” Aron said in a news release. He made no mention of when or if he would be changing his name to Adubato, which is “still in negotiations”, according to a press release sent by the office of WNET president Neil Shapiro.
“I think we have reached a tentative compromise, that will allow Mr. Aron to keep his own name and image on his own time, and be referred to as ‘Michaelsteve Arondubato’ when on the air,” explained Mr. Shapiro.
In other news, Mr. Shaprio announced that due to severe cutbacks at NJTV, the show “One-on-One with Steve Adubato“, would now be called “One With Steve Adubato“, and feature Mr. Adubato interviewing himself each week.