New Jersey Public Television to Combine Live, High-Definition Broadcast Programming and Online Information on Tuesday, June 5th  

May 31, 2012—NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, will cover this Tuesday’s state primary elections both on-air and online.  Voters will go to the polls throughout the state to decide the parties’ candidates for the general election in November.

The network’s television coverage begins Tuesday, June 5th with a live, special edition of its week-nightly news program, NJ Today at 6pm ET (check local listings).  The program, anchored by NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider, will feature segments with political analysts, pollsters and other experts assessing the state’s political climate.

NJTV’s coverage continues later in the evening with a live update at 8pm, followed by the broadcast of NJ Decides 2012: The New Jersey Primary at 9pm ET.  This live, special report program, anchored by Mike Schneider from the NJ Today studio at Montclair State University, will extend throughout the evening. He will be periodically joined by Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron and state political experts. Among those slated to appear: Steve Ayscue (Democratic Strategist and Communications Consultant); Roger Bodman (Senior Partner, Public Strategies Impact); Brigid Harrison (Professor, Political Science and Law at Montclair State University); Patrick Murray (Director, Monmouth University Polling Institute); and Peter Woolley (Executive Director, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind research center). 

Throughout the night, NJTV will use news trucks and remote interview stations to provide live election coverage and content for broadcast and the web.  On-site correspondents will report and tweet live from the hotly contested Ninth Congressional District, where Reps. Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman are battling to represent the newly-redrawn district.  NJTV recently broadcast their primary debate live from Montclair State University.

“Fashioned after our NJ Decides 2011 election night coverage last November, NJTV is offering New Jerseyans access to primary election information on-air and online,” said General Manager John Servidio.  “And for the first time, this primary coverage will be broadcast for the public television audience in high-definition.”

NJTV will use its website, njtvonline.org and social media outposts on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/NJTVonline and Twitter @njtvonline to extend and enhance itscoverage. The network is providing special online election content to keep constituents engaged throughout the night, including voter information, race results and more. Followers of NJTVonline will also be asked to share perspectives on local issues and observations from the polls.