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NJTV ANNOUNCES NEW ROLES FOR TWO NEWS STAFF

Producers Bob Males and Phil Alongi assume new roles as New Jersey’s Public Television Network continues to grow

April 15, 2013 – NJTV, New Jersey’s Public Television Network, announced two new roles for current members of its NJ Today with Mike Schneider news team that will take effect May 1st.

Bob Males will become NJTV’s Senior Special Projects Producer.  He previously served as the Executive Producer for NJ Today with Mike Schneider.  Phil Alongi, former Senior Producer at the news program, will become Executive Producer of NJ Today with Mike Schneider.

In his new role, Males’ responsibilities will entail overseeing local show production, including Michael Aron’s popular public affairs shows On the Record and Reporters Roundtable, which record at the network’s new Statehouse studio in Trenton.  Males will also be charged with developing new local programming, and overseeing production all of NJTV’s live specials including the Governor’s State of the State and Budget addresses, political debates, election night, and other special broadcasts.  Additionally, he will be instrumental in forging new content partnerships with colleges, universities and media outlets. The network currently has eight content bureaus across the state, including Brookdale Community College, Rowan University, Richard Stockton College and William Paterson University. 

“Bob Males is a multifaceted professional,” said John Servidio, NJTV’s General Manager.  “He has a deep editorial background, but he is also well versed in all aspects of production.  He knows the state and he knows our viewers, and is well-suited to hone our special productions, from political debates to emergency coverage, making them even more comprehensive and informative for our viewers.”  

Prior to joining NJTV, Males served as executive producer and content development manager in television news, new media and broadcast syndication for an array of organizations including American Public Television, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CBS and Group W Broadcasting, Verizon, AT&T and Thomson Reuters. He grew up and still resides in Bergen County.

As Executive Producer for NJ Today with Mike Schneider, Phil Alongi will oversee the daily operation of the network’s weeknight news broadcast. He will manage all news and production staff at the Montclair State University studio that serves as the program’s broadcast home. He is also charged with growing NJ Today’s broadcast content, broadening the program’s presence on the web and enhancing its use of social media to promote the newscast and attract new audiences.

“Phil has an impressive editorial knowledge, knows the nuances of daily news show production and has a team-oriented management style,” Servidio said.  “He is also highly engaged with new media and will be instrumental in growing NJ Today’s web presence.”

Alongi has served as Executive Producer of NJTV’s 2012 election coverage and special events. His broadcast career started at NBC in 1997, where he worked in research and production for the Today Show, Nightly News, and News at Sunrise, covering four presidential election cycles, the Millennium/Y2K coverage, the second Gulf War, the Columbine Shooting and other national news.  He was media coordinator for several Ground Zero events including the unveiling of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. A New Jersey native, he currently resides in Union County.

 “Bob has done a wonderful job of getting this news operation off the ground, to the point where we are winning awards for our coverage. I have no doubt he will use those talents to expand upon the quality and quantity of our news content,” said NJ Today’s Managing Editor Mike Schneider. “Phil has proven to be an exceptionally gifted and talented member of this team and is perfectly suited to take us to the next level.”

NJTV, now in its 21st month of operation, continues a path of growth with a focus on new local public affairs, arts and business programming both on-air and online.  Servidio’s future plans, in which both Males and Alongi will play key roles, include broadcasts of the state budget hearings, gubernatorial debates, Election Night 2013 and other live primetime specials.