Legislative Task Force Recommends the State No Longer Operate NJN
October 15, 2010 1 Comment
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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