Legislative Task Force Recommends the State No Longer Operate NJN

By Zachary Fink
The state should quit running NJN. That’s the conclusion of a special bi-partisan legislative task force looking at the future of New Jersey Network. In a 20-page report obtained by NJN News, the Legislative Task Force on Public Broadcasting says the state is ill-equipped to handle a fast-changing media landscape; especially internet-based initiatives. The report, however, says state taxpayers should continue to contribute “some funding” to maintaining the station. The Democratic task force members in a separate filing attached to the report also say a non-profit should run the station, but the state should continue to hold its licenses. Gov. Christie first proposed cutting NJN away from state operations in his budget message last March and has provided only half the fiscal year’s state appropriation; of 2 million dollars, through December.

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One Response to Legislative Task Force Recommends the State No Longer Operate NJN

  1. Steve says:

    They are wrong!!! The state and the country desperately needs to have a trusted, non-commercial source of information. A society is only as free as its means of communications and PBS and NJN provide that for the state. This is not just the elimination of some useless, arbitrary fund. This is about providing our state’s citizens with an outlet that bows to the Coca-Colas and Nikes of the world. This is another example of short-sighted politicians trying to impress people with minimal knowledge and maximum egos.

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