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KRWG-TV News 22 will remain on air

New Mexico State University President Michael Martin told impassioned KRWG television staffers and students at a Tuesday meeting that the live, student-produced News 22 has not been cancelled.

s comments followed reports in the media that the daily newscasts were slated for cancellation on the university-owned public television station. Martin said the newscasts were an integral part of the university program.

"And they will remain so until someone can make the case that the newscasts do not add to the value of the education here and do not add to the value of the station," he said. "So far, no one has done that."

Martin also told those at the meeting that he saw a need for more student involvement and programming, not less. He said a university broadcast station should do four things:

1. Serve as a living laboratory for teaching programs in communications and broadcast journalism.

2. Communicate to the public the meaningful research and teaching activities taking place at NMSU.

3. Communicate to the public the activities, changes and news at NMSU.

4. Provide a public service through news and public radio and television.

Martin further noted that he had confidence in the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the head of the journalism program and that no changes would be made in the program unless they as educators felt they needed to be made.

Dean Waded Cruzado-Salas of the College of Arts and Sciences said there were no plans to cancel News 22, which airs at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year.

Frank Thayer, head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications that oversees KRWG, concurred.

"This university is committed to good journalism and providing a solid journalism education," Thayer said. "News 22 helped us get accreditation. It's one of the pillars of our program. We're not canceling it. And if we decide we want to improve it, that will be done through thoughtful discussions with the entire news staff."