NYC to make the most of rising subway crime with pay-per-view channel
NEW YORK (The Egg) — Mayor Eric Adams and city officials on Tuesday announced a plan to make the most of rising crime in the city’s subway system, by launching a true crime themed pay-per-view channel with shows and events using the subway cameras.
According to a press release from the city, the channel’s first program is set to premier later this month and will be called “Live MTA: Subway Patrol,” a semiweekly show featuring live camera operators in the subway, hosted by former “Live PD” host Dan Abrams.
“This is a great day for New York and a great day for all New Yorkers,” Adams said at a press conference. “It’s my responsibility to keep New Yorkers safe, but when you have some guy dressed as a ninja stabbing people with a sword, you have to get that shit on camera.”
“When other cities become complacent with their boring crime, we capitalize on what makes us unique,” he added.
Adams and city officials view the new pay-per-view channel as a cost-saving measure, with revenue from the channel going towards hiring more transit officers and upgrading security cameras for a better show production.
More programs are expected to be announced with other networks later this month, such as a live subway “Fight Night” with involuntary fighters competing in a tournament for cash prizes and jewelry from the other subway riders.
A morning talk show is also being considered to cover a more positive side of the criminals with personal interviews, cooking segments and music.
“This is what makes our city so special,” Adams said. “We let the private sector thrive and come up with innovative solutions to … not fix our problems entirely, but make them more entertaining.”