Council Member Joseph C. Borelli (R – South Shore) is drafting and advocating for legislation that would require New York City’s public television station, channel 25 on most provider networks, to air the full debates in addition to whichever commercial television station is sponsoring them.
This initiative was prompted by the limited distribution of the mayoral debate on 10/10/17 which aired on Spectrum News, a privately owned television station with a notoriously high subscription cost and limited distribution throughout New York City.
“It’s disgraceful that more than half of New Yorkers weren’t able to watch last night’s debate on television because they either don’t have access to NY1, can’t afford it, or just refuse to pay Spectrum’s high subscription rates,” said Council Member Joseph Borelli. “It’s important that the people who live in our city are able to access as much information about the people trying to represent them as reasonably possible, and limiting the audience to paying subscribers of a cable television station is inappropriate.”
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