NYC Media Group
is a division of the New York City
Department of Information Technologies & Telecommunications
. NYC Media Group manages the City of New York's portfolio of media
headquarters in lower Manhattan in New York City's Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, the NYC
Media Group occupies the top 5 floors of the dome atop the famous
Looking westward, it is not hard to spot
City Hall - a constant reminder of where NYC Media Group's power
NYC Media Group is responsible for the television programs shown on
cable channels 25 (22 for Cablevision subscribers), 71, 73 and 74.
Group also has offices located on the campus of the Bronx Community College, the
basement of City Hall and 112 Tillary Street in Brooklyn, as well as
transmission facilities in Brooklyn, the Empire State Building and
the Conde Nast Building in Times Square. The primary stations
run by the group are NYCTV (cable channel 74)
and WNYE-TV (broadcast
channel 25/DTV 24); the rest are out-sourced by independent
contractors such as Off-Track Betting and the Department of
The group also runs 91.5 WNYE on the radio, as well as RadioNYC,
the city's telephone hold system, when calling 911 and 311.
RadioNYC is also heard on City Drive Live
on channel 93
(72 for Cablevision subscribers). City Drive Live shows traffic
conditions from the NYSDOT and NYCDOT cameras
that are spread out of all five boroughs of New York City 24 hours a day.
Many of the existing programs are carry-overs from the previous
existing entities of Crosswalks NY and NYC TV. Some of the more
popular shows include Cool In Your
Code, Secrets of New York, $9.99,
What's Cooking At Gracie?, Paradetown USA,
Fashion In Focus, The Seven Secrets of Grand Central
Terminal, Blueprint: New York City and
New York Noise, all of which
air or have aired on WNYE during prime
In August 2006, Mayor Bloomberg and NBC Universal Station Group
President Jay Ireland joined WNBC General Manager Frank Comerford
to announce a licensing deal between NBC and NYC TV. WNBC began to
run some of NYC Media Groups programs during the afternoon of the
Fall/Winter season. NYC TV licensed over 100 hours of its content
to NBC, which programmed the shows in the 11AM E.T.
block, Monday to Friday and later
pushed to Noon to compete with local news.
2006 also marked a noticeable change, as NYC TV began to air more
commercial content than the previous years. However what sets a
noticeable issue here is that despite the content of the shows
seen, NYC Media Group still is a municipal station bound by rules
and regulations set forth by the FCC which are stricter than those
used to govern the actions of network television. Content seen
previously on NYC TV was primarily promos for various NYC agencies,
as well as public service announcements and the occasional promo
for NYC Media Groups' on-air programs.
Another noticeable difference in 2006 is the length of many shows.
In the past, many shows had variable lengths. Some would run
anywhere from sixteen minutes to almost thirty minutes long for
shows timed for half-an-hour. Instead, the shows are now, for the
most part, running on average about twenty-two minutes long for a
half-hour block. This change primarily affected shows on the WNYE
channel, though a few changes were noticed on NYC TV's channel 74,
since some shows run on both channels. However Council 51 did
undergo renaming to The Council during the summer. This change was
the lead-up to the NYC content deal with NBC in late 2006/2007 and
the PBS deals later announced.
On September 14, 2006, City Councilwoman Gale Brewer interviewed
the then-General Manager of NYC TV (Arick
) and members of his staff to testify about NYC Media
Group, its programming and efforts at community outreach. One of
the core issues was whether the station was straying from its
original purpose of being a municipal station and if it was
alienating younger and older viewers, as a majority of NYC Media
Group's shows focused on young adults.
On August 4, 2009, the Village Voice released on article detailing
questionable activities regarding the Wierson administration.
In 2004, NYC Media Group was nominated for four New York Emmy
In 2005, NYC Media Group won eight New York Emmy Awards, while
nominated for thirteen.
In 2006, NYC Media Group won four New York Emmy Awards, while
nominated for a total of twelve. Also that year, NYC Media Group
won six Silver Telly Awards and eight Bronze Telly Awards.
In 2007, NYC Media Group won seven New York Emmy Awards, while
nominated for an additional thirty-four New York Emmy Awards.
In 2008, NYC Media Group won twelve New York Emmy Awards, while
nominated for an additional (record) forty-eight New York Emmy
In 2009, NYC Media Group was nominated for forty-four New York Emmy