March 10, 2015 – New York – NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, the weeknight newscast of NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, had an unexpected disruption to its newscast this evening caused by smoke in its temporary studio location. Within moments of the start of the program’s live 6pm broadcast, the news team reported seeing sparks from above the news desk as smoke spread in the WNET Tisch Studios at Lincoln Center. The Manhattan studio is the transitional home for NJTV News while its new television studio is being built at 2 Gateway in Newark. The newscast was originally broadcast from the campus of Montclair State University in New Jersey, and the network continues to utilize studio space at the Trenton Statehouse. Tonight’s incident caused anchor Mary Alice Williams and crew to leave the main studio facility during the broadcast. The crew was able to quickly set up a temporary set as an alternate location and continued the remainder of the program from there.
“We’re happy to report that no one was injured tonight,” said NJTV’s General Manager John Servidio. “Viewers at home may not have even noticed what happened, but we thank Mary Alice and the crew for maintaining calm and professionalism during a difficult situation.”
The network will assess the cause of the issues and any damage that would affect upcoming productions tomorrow.
“As of now, we plan to use the studio for tomorrow night’s NJTV News broadcast,” said Servidio.
NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams airs weeknights at 6pm, 7:30pm and 11pm on NJTV (check local listings). For more information, visit njtvnews.org.