NYC Media

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NYC Media
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Agency overview
JurisdictionCity of New York
HeadquartersManhattan Municipal Building (25th–29th floors)
Agency executives
Parent agencyMayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
Photo of a light grey rectangular building against a piercing blue sky, on top of the building there is a tower. In the foreground of the photo is the exit sign for FDR Drive and Pearl Street. The base of the building is surrounded by large green bushes.
The Manhattan Municipal Building, where NYC Media is located.

NYC Media is the official public radio, television, and online media network and broadcasting service of New York City, which has been called the media capital of the world.[1][2] The network oversees four public television channels, a public radio station, and an Internet video on demand service.[3]

Located in the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, NYC Media occupies the tower portion, from the 25th floor to the 29th floor, as well as transmission facilities in the Empire State Building, in the Condé Nast Building in Times Square, and in Brooklyn.[4]

NYC Media is an amalgamation of channels, studios, distribution and production entities.[3] NYC Media was originally called NYC TV when it took over Crosswalks Television in 2003; it became NYC Media Group when it acquired control of broadcast stations WNYE-FM and WNYE-TV as well.

In late 2009, it was announced that NYC Media Group would be split off from the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and merge with the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting to form the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. As of 2018, the general manager of NYC Media is Janet Choi.


In 2003, co-founders Seth Unger and Arick Wierson – both aides to Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg – launched NYC-TV, which replaced "Crosswalks Television," the name of the previous network.[5][6]

In 2005, NYC TV expanded when it acquired WNYE-TV along with the radio station WNYE-FM. The new group was called NYC Media Group. The local cable channels programmed by NYC Media provide coverage of a diverse array of programming formats ranging from local politics and government news on channel 74, traffic camera feeds on channel 72, and ethnic/international programming on channel 73.

NYC Media has received attention as an innovator in municipal broadcasting. Since its inception, NYC Media has been nominated for 160 New York Emmy Awards, winning 42.[7] It has also won 42 Telly Awards and 4 Promax Awards and was recently nominated for 4 Webby Awards.[8] Cities such as Seoul, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Los Angeles have expressed interest in replicating the station's success. On September 24, 2007 Mayor Bloomberg held a press conference[8] to introduce NYC Media On Demand, a partnership with online video platform Brightcove to offer on demand programming online.[9]

Its main over-the-air broadcast channel, WNYE-TV (channel 25), reaches the New York City metropolitan area, which includes Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Suffolk and Westchester counties in New York state as well as portions of New Jersey and Connecticut. WNYE-TV is carried on all area cable and satellite systems. NYC Media's main broadcast signal, WNYE-TV, reaches 7.43 million households (approximately 20 million people) in the New York City market, thus making it the fifth largest local television station in the United States.[10] The main broadcast station is seen in the New York City area on channel 25 on all cable and satellite systems with the exception of Altice USA, where it is seen on channel 22.


NYC Media operates four television channels: NYC life, NYC gov, NYC drive, and NYC world.[3]

  • NYC life, is NYC Media's flagship television station and broadcasts as WNYE-TV channel 25.1 as well as appearing on local cable television as channel 22 on Altice USA and on channel 25 on other cable services.[3]
  • NYC gov, covers city government meetings and press conferences. It appears on most local cable services as channel 74.[3]
  • NYC drive, formerly known as City Drive Live, provides live feeds from traffic cameras. It appears on most local cable services as channel 72.[3]
  • NYC world provides international and ethnic programming. It appears on most local cable services as channel 73.[3]

Services on most of these channels had previously each been branded as NYC TV or nyctv with a cable channel number since 2003, and before that as Crosswalks Television.[11]


NYC Media operates WNYE-FM, branded as "Radio New York".[12]

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  1. ^ Felix Richter (March 11, 2015). "New York Is The World's Media Capital". Statista. Retrieved November 5, 2022.
  2. ^ Dawn Ennis (May 24, 2017). "ABC will broadcast New York's pride parade live for the first time". LGBTQ Nation. Retrieved November 5, 2022. Never before has any TV station in the entertainment and news media capital of the world carried what organizer boast is the world's largest Pride parade live on TV.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "About NYC Media". NYC Media (City of New York). Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  4. ^ "DTV Reception Maps". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  5. ^ "NYC TV has replaced Crosswalks Television as the city's official television network" Metro Briefing: New York, June 25, 2003
  6. ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer (2003-07-14). "New From City Hall, TV Worth Watching". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2011-09-24. Retrieved 2003-09-18.
  7. ^ "". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Mayor Announces NYC Media OD". 2007-09-24.
  9. ^ "Big Apple teams for web TV: Bloomberg announces deal with Brightcove". MultiChannel. 2007-09-24.
  10. ^ Archived 2008-08-21 at the Wayback Machine "Optimal Abolition of FCC Spectrum Allocation" Journal of Economic Perspectives—Volume 22, Number 1—Winter 2008—Pages 103–128
  11. ^ "Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Announces Launch of NYC TV - the Official Television Network of The City of New York (PR 101-03)" (Press release). City of New York. 2003-06-24. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  12. ^ "Radio". NYC Media (City of New York). Retrieved 2018-06-13.