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Broadcasters return to 1 World Trade Center after 14-year absence

The Durst Organization today announced that CBS, NBCUniversal-owned WNBC and WNJU and PBS will relocate their broadcasting operations to the 408-foot-tall spire of One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.



The historic development marks the return of network and radio broadcasting to the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center after an absence of more than 14-years.

The broadcasters will use One World Trade Center as their primary broadcast facility for the New York/New Jersey market. Broadcast antennae will wrap portions of the spire and ancillary equipment will be housed on the building’s communications rings. The tower’s 90th floor will house broadcasters’ transmission equipment and serve the communications hub for the building.

One World Trade Center’s 1,776-foot height allows broadcasters unprecedented coverage for their signal and the building’s state-of-the-art communications and technology infrastructure provides a full-service and seamless broadcast facility.

“We are very proud to welcome CBS, NBCUniversal-owned WNBC and WNJU and PBS back to One World Trade Center,” said John Lyons, Assistant Vice President and Director of Broadcast Communications for The Durst Organization. “Our world-class facility will provide the infrastructure and service our tenants need to maximize their broadcast operations.  We look forward to working with other potential broadcasters and telecommunications companies and introducing them to our facility at One World Trade Center.”

“One World Trade Center provides an outstanding broadcast facility and we look forward to more tenants joining us at our excellent facility,” said Jonathan (Jody) Durst, President of The Durst Organization.



All of the broadcasters had previously broadcast from One World Trade Center prior to September 11, 2001.

Rosenberg & Estis, P. C. was legal counsel. Robert Becker and John Lyons handled the negotiations for Durst Broadcasting LLC.

In addition to the broadcasters, the tower recently reached a major milestone by surpassing two million square feet of leased office space, an accomplishment equivalent to the full lease-up of two major Manhattan skyscrapers. One World Trade Center now includes a roster of 25 office tenants representing such business sectors as media, technology, financial services, advertising, and biotechnology.

Among the property’s largest tenants, global publishing giant Condé Nast, the anchor tenant, has 1.2-million-square-foot headquarters between the 20th and 44th floors. The General Services Administration has approximately 273,000 square feet on floors 50 to 55, online gaming company High 5 Games occupies 87,663 square feet on floors 58 and 59, location-focused mobile advertising firm xAd occupies 86,517 square feet on floors 60 and 61, and financial services giant Moody’s has signed a lease for 75,312 square feet on floors 56 and 57.

Executive suites firm Servcorp occupies approximately 35,000 square feet on the 85th floor, China Center New York holds approximately 33,000 square feet on the 89th floor, and One World Observatory has approximately 115,000 square feet on 100-102 and lobby floors.

One World Trade Center will provide direct, weather-protected connections to 11 subway lines, the PATH train, and the Hudson River ferries. In addition, the West Concourse pedestrian walkway — which connects the World Trade Center campus to Brookfield Place and Battery Park City — now offers access to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and to the entrance to One World Observatory. It will soon also provide access to 125 shops being developed by Westfield, including restaurants, and services, and the new MTA Fulton Transit Center on Broadway.

Designed to achieve LEED CS Gold Certification, One World Trade Center is poised to become the most environmentally sustainable project of its size in the world.

Developed by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, One World Trade Center is managed, operated, and leased by The Durst Organization.

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  1. LESider1962
    Feb 18, 2016 - 05:28 AM

    When, exactly? I’m in downtown Manhattan, I don’t have cable, and, using antenna only, I haven’t been able to get Channel 2, 4, 21, and several others for years. Hopefully, this will improve the weak coverage from these stations.

    • mjb784533
      Feb 18, 2016 - 07:33 PM

      This has been the broadcasting industry’s dirty little secret — the giant loss of audiacce since digital transmission came in. My daughter in Brooklyb gets 2 and 4 but not 7. There is no fringe area anymore, and a usable portable TV has not been successfully used anywhere in the world where there is digital transmission. Advertisers don’t know this. If the FCC would let stations operate directly with cable and satellite directly without requiring an on-air presence, they would sign off and save the money for electricity and rent on the tower space.

      • Nathan Kayle
        Mar 01, 2016 - 05:43 PM

        It will come to that after the FCC sells all the usable air spectrum to the telecom industry.

  2. William Bednarz
    Jun 25, 2016 - 12:04 PM

    tjhey say everything but W H E N


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