Manhattan Public Access TV Threatened by Congressional Legislation (Indypendent)

 
In a time when programs like Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) struggle to stay afloat, the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) Act threatens its existence.

On an early Thursday morning, in a building tucked away on 59th street between 10th and 11th Avenues, a group of young people researched topics for an upcoming segment they would be producing for a show called “Manhattan Neighborhood Network Defense Against Media Nonsense.” The room was plain, but the enthusiasm of nine high school students and two trainers brought it to life.

“This program gives me production skills,” said high school sophomore Adahm Walcott, one of the young people working on the segment that day. “I have ideas to do things and without the Youth Channel I wouldn’t have a chance to put these ideas to use.”

In a time when programs like Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) struggle to stay afloat, the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) Act threatens its existence.

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