THE MAYOR'S OFFICE OF MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT (MOME) AND THE CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCE PLANS TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE TO NEW YORKERS THROUGH BROADCAST TELEVISION
City's Television Channel NYC Gov Added to Over-the-Air Broadcast to Expand Viewership and Promote Open Government
October 27, 2010 - The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver today announced that New York City’s government television station, NYC gov, will now be accessible to over a million New Yorkers. NYC gov will immediately become available to viewers over the air on channel 25.2 and continue to transmit on local cable systems. These steps will enable those New Yorkers who have televisions, but do not have cable, to begin watching their City government right away. NYC gov provides a window into City government by presenting press conferences and hearings with public officials. With over 2,000 hours of New York City Council coverage in 2009, NYC Media will become the largest creator of municipal coverage in the country. MOME has been working closely with Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson’s office and the New York City Council on making these changes.
“The Mayor has always believed in making government as open and accessible to New Yorkers as possible,” said Katherine Oliver, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner. “We are doing everything we can to make NYC gov available to more New Yorkers on broadcast television and making the channel itself a viable and strong example of good government.”
“The launch of this channel allows New Yorkers a new window into the City Council and the legislative process,” said Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson. “The channel is a partnership between the Mayor’s office and City Council, and it is just another example of what can happen when different parts of government work together.”
“The more we can bring government into people’s living rooms and onto their laptops, the more we can make government responsive and responsible,” said Council Member Dan Garodnick, chair of the City Council Committee on Technology. “This is a positive step in breaking down the barriers between New Yorkers and their government.”
NYC Media is also taking steps to broaden its educational and diversity efforts. Beginning in the spring, educational and cultural programming created by City University of New York will begin to air on channel 25.3 as an additional over-the-air channel. This will allow nearly one million more viewers to have access to CUNY-produced content.