Met Council to Launch Weekly TV Program

On January 8, Met Council will begin a weekly live telecast of a one-hour program on Manhattan’s community-access cable TV network. It will be on the air every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m.

The program, Tenant Action Today, will mix news of the tenant movement with advice and information to tenants who call in with questions. Most important, viewers will be told how they can plug into the upcoming fight to preserve and strengthen rent and eviction-protection laws, which are due to expire in a year and a half and must be renewed by the state legislature.

Tenant Action Today will be hosted on a rotating basis by Met Council executive director Jaron Benjamin, tenant attorney Tim Collins, and Tenants PAC treasurer Michael McKee, a Met Council board member. The program is produced with help and support from Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the community-access cable network. 

In Manhattan, it will be on Channel 34 (Time Warner subscribers), Channel 82 (RCN), and Channel 33 (FIOS). We plan to expand to all five boroughs, but technical obstacles prevent this from happening right away. However, you can watch the live program from anywhere in the world on your computer, on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network Web site. Go to any Wednesday at 6 p.m. and click on “1 Community Channel, Watch Now” at the bottom of the home page. The picture and sound quality on-line are excellent.

Met Council has had a weekly radio program, Housing Notebook, for 38 years. Hosted by Scott Sommer and Vajra Kilgour, it’s on WBAI-FM, 99.5 on the dial, Mondays from 8 to 9 p.m. Listen on the Internet at 


IMPORTANT: We plan to film activities of tenant and community organizations, such as protests and rallies, and present these on the air. We need volunteers who want to be trained to use camera equipment and can be part of our crew in the field. If you are interested, get in touch with producer Michael McKee at The same goes for tenant attorneys who would like to be a guest on the program.