April 13, 2017 – NEWARK, NJ – Today, the FCC announced that the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority will receive $332 million from its participation in the FCC’s nationwide broadcast Spectrum Auction. NJTV is asking the State to dedicate at least some of those funds to New Jersey’s public television network, to assure the long term sustainability and growth of NJTV as New Jersey’s independent source for local news, public affairs, arts and other programming, as well as community engagement activities.
While NJTV is independently operated under a programming and services agreement with the State, the State of New Jersey holds the four FCC broadcast licenses that comprise the NJTV public television network. Decisions about NJTV’s participation in the FCC Spectrum Auction have been therefore made by the State of New Jersey throughout the Auction process.
NJTV will continue to provide all New Jerseyans with public television programming. Overlapping tower signals allow NJTV to continue broadcasting per usual even with the State’s sale of excess spectrum.