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Some 100 Public Broadcasting Employees Avoid Being Laid Off At NJN

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Layoffs at New Jersey’s public broadcasting station NJN have been suspended by Governor Chris Christie.

You might remember the announcement in September than more than 100 pink slips were sent out to network employees who were to be laid off on January 1st — well those notices are on hold, for now.

Governor Christie announced that NJN is making the transition from a tax payer subsidized organization to independently funded, and they’ll retain all staffers during that process.

He says this allows New Jersey focused programming to continue uninterrupted while the transition to a free-standing institution is completed.

The state treasury department will calculate assets for potential buyers, but NJN will continue to be a public network and several state lawmakers will serve on the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority to oversee operation.

Reported By Mike Dougherty, KYW Newsradio.

  • BumbleBee

    Yeah, Big Bird is a big Commie. Zzzzzzz… People who refer to PBS programming as ‘leftist propaganda’ are simply ignorant.

    I hope that NJN remains a PBS station, and doesn’t get sold to a private corporation who will only be interested in profits, rather than the kind of quality programming that PBS provides. But given the fact that Christie is behind it, it doesn’t bode well for NJN’s future. I’m sure he has some crony he’ll hand it over too in exchange for fawning coverage of his corrupt administration.

  • Frank

    Excellent news! These folks should be excited to follow in the successful footsteps of Air America….. or not……

  • Guess Who

    At least the NJ taxpayers won’t be saddled with paying for leftist propaganda now.

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