Public television network NJ PBS has new general manager

The WNET Group, which operates New Jersey’s statewide public television network, has named a new general manager for NJ PBS, it announced this week.

Joseph Lee will succeed John Servidio, who is retiring after serving as general manager of the network since 2011. He starts in his new role Sept. 13.

Lee, a veteran of the public media industry, ran noncommercial radio station WAER-FM and its digital platforms at Syracuse University for 28 years, the WNET Group said in a news release.

“I’m excited for Joe to be a part of NJ PBS,” Neal Shapiro, the WNET Group’s CEO and president, said in a prepared statement. “He brings a deep knowledge of public media, fundraising experience and a love of journalism and community that will benefit our organization. Joe’s experience in digital and audio storytelling will be essential as NJ PBS continues to evolve into a multimedia, multiplatform provider.

“I will miss John Servidio, who guided NJ PBS and helped to make it the success it has become. I know that Joe will continue that legacy.”

The WNET Group has operated NJ PBS since 2011.