July 1, 2016 – NEWARK, NJ — NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, celebrates its 5th year of operation this July. Throughout its tenure, NJTV has uniquely focused on Jersey-centric local programs, information and resources. From On the Record with Michael Aron and New Jersey Capitol Report to Here’s the Story, Classroom Close-Up, NJ and This Is South Jersey with Marianne Aleardi, NJTV explores all the things that make New Jersey tick. Local arts bask in the limelight with original series and specials like American Songbook at NJPAC, NJdocs and The Midtown Men: Live in Concert! and the longtime favorite, State of the Arts. Viewers can dig deep into important issues with programs like Reporters Roundtable and Due Process.
The network’s weeknight newscast NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams is the jewel in the network’s programming crown. “The news program has grown exponentially since our launch,” according to NJTV General Manager John Servidio, “We have more boots-on-the-ground correspondents and savvy, nimble technology than ever before. We cover headlining issues across the state like no one else and stay with critical stories like Hurricane Sandy long after other networks have moved on.”
Viewers can visit njtvnews.org, the news program’s Twitter feed @njtvnews and Facebook /njtvonline for the latest stories. Plus in-depth, live coverage of key press conferences, the Governor’s State of the State and Budget Addresses and election night in New Jersey help keep the state informed.
The network has also established strategic studio spaces in Newark, Trenton and most recently Jersey City to complement its university content bureaus across the state, from Rowan to Monmouth to William Paterson, to help cover news wherever it happens.
NJTV also offers New Jerseyans an ever-growing, comprehensive website offers 24/7 availability to online news, programs and free teacher resources. And it’s working with the state to archive NJN content to preserve and give the public access to state history and important events.
Community engagement initiatives extend the network’s reach beyond television, like Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis, which combines community forums, a comprehensive website and news coverage, to give residents resources related to opioid and heroin addiction.
Some milestone points of interest about NJTV and its programming:
- * NJTV and its weeknight newscast launched July 1, 2011 with 6 days’ notice after being awarded operation of the network. It had one employee at the time: NJTV Interim General Manager John Servidio (Servidio would later be named General Manager of the network).
- * Charlie Rose was the very first program NJTV aired when the network launched in 2011.
- * NJTV averages over 30 hours of Jersey-centric programs every week, from NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and NJDocs to Here’s the Story/Driving Jersey and Caucus: New Jersey.
- * NJTV had a broadcast home at Montclair State University’s Dumont Television Center from 2011-2014.
- * NJTV’s inaugurated current hub at the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in 2 Gateway Center, Newark in May 2015. NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, Michael Aron’s On the Report and Reporters Roundtable and Steve Adubato’s New Jersey Capitol Report are all produced there, along with other shows and specials.
- * The network has a studio at the Trenton Statehouse and another at New Jersey City University’s School of Business from which NJTV News broadcasts its weeknight business report with host Rhonda Schaffler.
- * NJTV has university content bureaus and partners across the state, many with remote cameras for convenient news interviews with legislators and experts: Brookdale Community College, Fairleigh-Dickinson University, Monmouth University, Montclair State University, Ocean County College, Rowan University, Seton Hall University, Stockton University, William Paterson University.
- * Due Process has received more than 90 Emmy nominations, winning 25 New York and Mid-Atlantic Emmys.
- * NJTV produced its first nationally-distributed music special, The Midtown Men: Live in Concert! in 2014.
- * Classroom Close-up NJ, entering its 23rd season on New Jersey public television, has produced nearly 1500 stories from across the state and won 14 Emmys.
- * Former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean is a member of NJTV’s Board of Trustees.
“With the support of viewers, corporate and foundation sponsors and individual donors, we’ll continue to grow the next five years and beyond,” said Servidio. Among the projects on the horizon for 2017: taking NJTV News on-location to cities and towns across the state, and launching a Treasures of New Jersey series that spotlights the Garden State’s plethora of historic places and points and people of interest.