Miss America wants more arts on TV


New Miss America Nia Franklin will brighten up City Hall Thursday when she joins Artists Against Optimum to protest the cable TV company’s refusal to carry Ovation TV.

Besides re-runs of “Boston Legal” and “Antiques Roadshow,” Ovation, which calls itself “America’s only arts network,” features the work of multimedia artists.

Franklin, a composer who moved to Brooklyn from North Carolina when she was awarded a fellowship from Lincoln Center, is disappointed she can’t get Ovation.

“It’s a matter of deciding what’s important to have on TV,” she told me. “In Brooklyn, arts are important.”

The beauty queen will be joined by City Council member Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Long Island) and Bertha Lewis of the Black Institute.

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