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NJTVNJTV News (newscast)
|Availability||Statewide New Jersey|
|Slogan||New Jersey's Public Television Network|
|ERP||See table below|
|Owner||New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority|
|Parent||Public Media NJ|
|July 1, 2011|
See table below|
Virtual: see table below
4th letter: see table below
|Replaced||New Jersey Network|
NJTV is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member network serving the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is owned by the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority (NJPBA), an agency of the New Jersey state government which owns the licenses to all but one of the PBS member stations licensed in the state, and operated by WNET.org, the latter being the parent company of New York City's flagship public television stations, Newark-licensed WNET (channel 13) and Garden City, New York-licensed WLIW (channel 21). WNET.org runs NJTV through a subsidiary nonprofit organization, Public Media NJ. NJTV's operations are based in Englewood, New Jersey. Its anchor studio is located at Gateway Center in Newark. Master control and some internal operations are based at WNET's studios in the Worldwide Plaza complex in midtown Manhattan. NJTV airs PBS programming along with producing and broadcasting its own programs, mostly relating to issues in New Jersey.
NJTV is the successor to New Jersey Network (NJN), the state-controlled public television and radio service. NJN ceased operations on June 30, 2011, with Public Media NJ taking control of the former NJN television stations the following day.
The seeds which led to the eventual formation of NJTV were planted in 2008, when officials with the New Jersey Network asked the New Jersey Legislature for permission to explore the possibility of making NJN a community licensee owned by its fundraising arm, the NJN Foundation. However, on June 6, 2011, Chris Christie, who was New Jersey Governor at the time, who vowed to end state-funded public broadcasting upon taking office in 2010, announced an agreement to turn control of the NJN television network to WNET. As part of the deal, WNET.org created Public Media NJ as a separate New Jersey-based nonprofit to operate the stations. This is somewhat ironic, since NJN was created in part due to concerns WNET wasn't adequately serving the New Jersey side of its coverage area. Although WNET is licensed to Newark, for all intents and purposes it is a New York City station.
Under the terms of the deal, Public Media NJ would operate the stations for a five-year period, with two additional five-year renewable options. The NJPBA would retain the licenses, while Public Media NJ would receive funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and all revenues related to the former NJN technical operations. The measure was defeated by the state Assembly on June 23. The state Senate, however, passed the resolution on June 27, allowing Public Media NJ to take over NJN's television operations as scheduled on July 1, 2011. All members of NJN automatically became members of NJTV. The first program to be aired on NJTV was Charlie Rose (which is produced by its sister station WNET).
On July 26, 2011, NJTV announced a partnership with the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting (formerly the NJN Foundation) to jointly fund and create additional public affairs programming. NJTV and the Foundation merged in September 2012.
The Caucus Educational Corporation (CEC), a nonprofit producer of New Jersey-focused public affairs programs, is under contract with Public Media NJ and WNET to provide original programming for NJTV. CEC Produces Caucus: New Jersey, State of Affairs, and One on One with Steve Adubato were inherited by NJTV from NJN. These CEC programs are hosted by Steve Adubato. CEC also produced the New Jersey Capitol Report, which ended its run in March 2017 after a seven-year run. NJTV also broadcasts programming distributed by PBS and American Public Television, and additional local productions.
Locally produced programming
- American Songbook at NJPAC
- Classroom Closeup NJ
- Driving Jersey
- Due Process
- On the Record
- Reporters Roundtable
- State of the Arts
- This is South Jersey
At the inauguration of NJTV, the network launched NJ Today, a half-hour newscast that replaced NJN News and was aired on its former weekday time slots of 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. It was originally anchored by WNET personality, Rafael Pi Roman.Mike Schneider later took over the anchor roles. It was later renamed to NJTV News on November 4, 2013.
In June 12, 2014, Schneider announced his retirement as anchor on NJTV News and was replaced by veteran journalist Mary Alice Williams on July 1. Schneider still appears on other WNET/NJTV Produced programs, including Metrofocus. NJTV News is produced at the Agnes Varis studio in Two Gateway Center in Newark. The Newscast can also be seen on sister station WNET, and online via YouTube and on its website (both YouTube and NJTV's website also stream the newscast online).
29-year New Jersey Network veteran Michael Aron, the system's news director at its closure and a former member of the Foundation's board, revived his former NJN programs Reporters Roundtable and On the Record on NJTV, and also appears on NJTV News as its chief political correspondent.
NJTV remains the only PBS member Network to not air PBS NewsHour as its sister stations, WNET-13 Newark, WLIW-21 Garden City (serving Northern New Jersey) along with WHYY-12 Philadelphia and WLVT-39 Bethlehem (serving Southern New Jersey) air these newscasts. The executive producer of NJTV News is Philip Alongi.
When NJN shut down operations, no New Jersey Lottery drawings were aired until September 8, 2011 on a tape delay. Before this happened, the New Jersey Lottery had no other outlet to showcase any of their live drawings except via Online live streaming services such Ustream and then Livestream.com, although the New Jersey Lottery continues these practices online. NJTV continued with hosting these tape-delayed drawings until January 1, 2013, when it was moved to two CBS owned stations, WLNY and WPSG-TV. As of 2016, these lottery drawings are aired live on two Tribune Broadcasting owned stations, WPIX and WPHL-TV.
NJTV's four full-power stations reach a potential audience of almost 28 million people in parts of five states—all of New Jersey, plus parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Connecticut. While this gives NJTV one of the largest potential audiences in the country, it also must compete directly with three of the most-watched PBS member stations in the country. It not only shares its coverage area with sister stations WNET and WLIW, but also with Philadelphia's main PBS outlet, WHYY-TV (channel 12). Additionally, WLVT-TV (channel 39) in Allentown, Pennsylvania overlaps some of NJTV's broadcast area.
The NJTV television stations are:
|Station||City of license||Channels
VC / RF
|First air date||Fourth letter's meaning||ERP
||Transmitter coordinates||Facility ID||Public license information|
(shared with WNJS; to move to 23 (UHF))
|April 5, 1971||Trenton||197 kW
281 kW (CP)
|264 m (866 ft)||48465||Profile|
(shared with WNJT; to move to 23 (UHF))
|October 23, 1972||Southern New Jersey||197 kW
281 kW (CP)
|264 m (866 ft)||48481||Profile|
(shared with WNJB)
|June 2, 1973||Northern New Jersey
Network (full name of predecessor)
|40.82 kW||218 m (715 ft)||48477||Profile|
|WNJB||New Brunswick||58 (PSIP)
(shared with WNJN)
|June 2, 1973||New Brunswick||40.82 kW||218 m (715 ft)||48457||Profile|
- 1In the FCC incentive auction concluded in 2017, WNJT and WNJN's spectrum was sold back to the government for $138,059,363 and $193,892,273, respectively. NJPBA has announced that these stations will share spectrum with the two remaining stations, WNJS and WNJB respectively.
- 2 WNJN used the callsign WNJM (the M standing for Montclair) from its 1973 sign-on to 1994.
Areas in the northwestern part of New Jersey are served by the following low-powered translators:
All translators directly repeat WNJN's signal.
Cable and satellite availability
NJTV is available on all New Jersey cable providers. In addition, WNJN is available on several cable and telco providers on the New York side of the New York City market, as well as the New York DirecTV feed. WNJB is available on Charter Spectrum's systems in Manhattan and Staten Island, as well as the New York Dish Network feed. WNJS is available on most cable and telco providers in the Philadelphia area, as well as the Philadelphia DirecTV and Dish Network feeds.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|xx.1||1080i||16:9||1||Main NJTV programming / PBS|
1 Each station's respective callsign with "-DT" suffix serves as the PSIP name for the various NJTV stations.
- Staff. "Home page". NJTV. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
NJTV, PO Box 5776, Englewood, NJ 07631
- Behrens, Steve (May 12, 2008). "With Its State Aid Shrinking, NJN Asks for Independence". Current.
- Press release (June 6, 2011). "Gov. Christie Selects WNET for NJN Takeover" Archived June 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. NJN (via WMGM-TV).
- Jensen, Elizabeth (June 6, 2011). "WNET to Oversee New Jersey Public Television". The New York Times.
- "N.J. Assembly Rejects Plan to Transfer NJN Management to N.Y.-Based WNET". The Star-Ledger. June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
- "N.J. Senate Fails to Block WNET Plan, Ending NJN Network". The Star-Ledger. June 27, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- "NJTV board votes to merge with former NJN foundation that raised millions for network". Star-Ledger. June 14, 2012.
- Aregood, JT (December 9, 2016). "Adubato and Pi Roman Announce the End of 'NJ Capitol Report'". Observer.
- Strupp, Joe (August 13, 2012). "Changing Channels: NJTV's Second Act". New Jersey Monthly.
- NJTV website article on Mary Alice Williams
- "Montclair and NJTV perfect together; state's public TV station bursts with township talent". Montclair Times. August 23, 2012.
- "2 popular NJN shows to return to air on NJTV". Associated Press. February 22, 2012.
- "Former NJN Staple Michael Aron to Join NJTV". The Star-Ledger. July 26, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
- Drucker, Judith. "LIVE TELEVISION BROADCAST GIVES NEW JERSEY LOTTERY PLAYERS EVEN MORE WAYS TO WATCH THE WINNING NUMBER DRAWINGS". New Jersey Lottery. Archived from the original on July 7, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
- Federal Communications Commission (April 13, 2017). "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction: Auction 1001: Winning Bids" (pdf). Report dated 04/04/2017 but not published until 4/13.
- Janssen, Mike (April 13, 2017). "Sale of dozens of noncommercial signals in FCC spectrum auction earns minimum of $1.8 billion". Current. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WNJT
- RabbitEars TV Query for WNJN
- RabbitEars TV Query for WNJS
- RabbitEars TV Query for WNJB
- NJTVOnline.org - official website
- NJTV News - official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WNJT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WNJT-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WNJS
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WNJS-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WNJN
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WNJN-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WNJB
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WNJB-TV