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The Future of NJN

Monday, December 20, 2010

The future of NJN was called into question when Governor Chris Christie announced that the state may no longer sustain the New Jersey public television and radio network. Senior staff representative for the Communications Workers of America Local 1032, Dudley Burdge, weighs in on this developing situation and the state of media coverage of New Jersey.

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Comments [3]

artista from greenpoint.

Yes, you are more dynamic, but also fully and completely suburbanized in mentality. Consumerism has replaced citizenship as the leading idea, which is not something WNYC invented, of course. The wholesale abandonment of questions relating to poverty, to communities of color (which are given a voice, but of the middle class), of left-wing opinion (as in the antiwar movement) is not surprising, but it is the price we all paid for this rethinking of what "public" broadcasting is.
(Not that the old sclerotic NYC gave voice to those questions, but it did believe it should be serving the public, not just pandering to it.)
The right of course, gets plenty of coverage but is insatiable.

This is not the unmitigated good you broadcasters may believe.

Dec. 20 2010 11:47 AM
artista from mt. arlington

i live part time in Morris County, a small town, no longer rural, and NJN is the ONLY over-the-air English-language TV station, and at night the only public station, I receive.

I regard it as a life line, though the TV programming is close to poverty-level.

Typical Republican maneuver to shrink the public sphere and the sense of inclusion of all that our country used to cherish.

Dec. 20 2010 11:42 AM
Robert from NYC

Well NJN will become what WNYC became when Judy Ruliani "de-city-ized" you guys.

Dec. 20 2010 11:39 AM

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