C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb Asks Congress to Open Up

In a letter to House and Senate leaders just before the New Year’s recess on Dec. 30, C-SPAN’s CEO Brian Lamb wrote a letter asking for both the House and Senate Chambers to be opened to electronic media coverage.

Lamb wrote:
“As your respective chambers work to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate health care bills, C-SPAN requests that you open all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings, to electronic media coverage.

The C-SPAN networks will commit the necessary resources to covering all of these sessions LIVE and in their entirety. We will also, as we willingly do each day, provide C-SPAN’s multi-camera coverage to any interested member of the Capitol Hill broadcast pool.

Lamb implored, “…We respectfully request that you allow the public full access, through television, to legislation that will affect the lives of every single American.”

The letter was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

So far, no response.

Read the full letter here.