November 9, 2010: C-SPAN sends a letter to incoming House Speaker John Boehner pushing the allowance of its cameras in the House Chamber to add a “journalistic element” to daily TV coverage of floor debate.
Feb. 3, 2011: Boehner denies the request.
Today C-SPAN Chairman and CEO Brian Lamb responds to Boehner:
“We’re disappointed to learn that despite 32 years of experience with televising its sessions and in an age of ubiquitous cameras in political life, the House of Representatives has chosen not to allow C-SPAN’s cameras into its chamber to cover its sessions. We continue to feel that the public is best served by seeing a more complete picture of the legislative process than what’s delivered by Congressionally-controlled cameras and will continue to work with Speaker Boehner and other leaders in the House in hope of one day gaining access on behalf of the media.”