On Tuesday C-SPAN turned 40. The Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Networks was created by various cable and satellite providers back in 1979 to provide a public service with initially wall to wall coverage of all House of Representatives proceedings, followed seven years later when the Senate approved use of cameras in its gallery. There are now three commercial free TV channels, one radio station in the DC area that is simulcast on SiriusXM. The primary channel, C-SPAN covers the House of Representatives gavel to gavel, likewise C-SPAN 2 does the same with the Senate and C-SPAN 3 (which replaced a Washington DC Area digital cable channel C-SPAN Extra which launched in 1997) carries congressional hearings. C-SPAN Radio is selective (but carries audio from the main three TV feeds on HD radio) as to what it broadcasts however they do simulcast regular shows like
and on Sundays they broadcast the Sunday Morning Affairs shows commercial free from NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN and CBS (on the guide it’s listed in that order).
The channels also carry content from the Canadian, British and Australian Parliaments such as PMQs along with election night coverage.
One of the keys to getting this venture the ground was allowing the Speaker of the House and the Senate leadership control of the cameras, when they are on and what they can shoot. With each new session of Congress they ask if they can install their own cameras mounted right next to the existing ones and they get denied.
And MSNBC’s MTP Daily did their own look back featuring some of the funnier moments along with mocking the continuity slate and announcer.
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