WNET to build Lincoln Center location

'Worldfocus,' 'SundayArts' to originate from new studios

NEW YORK -- Public TV station WNET is building a glass-walled production studio on the campus of Lincoln Center that will open next spring.

WNET.org said Tuesday that the street-level production facility will open in leased space at the corner of Broadway and 66th Street, where Alice Tully Hall and The Julliard School are located. It will produce programming for Thirteen, the nation's most-watched public TV station, and WLIW21, the third most-watched public TV station.

At least two programs will originate from the Lincoln Center studios, international news program "Worldfocus" that is aired across the country on public TV stations, as well as Thirteen's "SundayArts."

The deal to build the studio was struck between WNET.org and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which already collaborate on programming.

"With this new facility, we are bringing WNET.org into the life of the city in a new way, enabling New Yorkers and visitors to see into the production process and working with Lincoln Center to add a new dynamism to one of the great streetscapes of New York," said WNET.org CEO/president Neal Shapiro.
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