C-SPAN urges McCarthy to allow greater camera access to house upstairs

C-SPAN urges McCarthy to allow greater camera access to house upstairs

C-SPAN urges McCarthy to allow greater camera access to house upstairs

  • After covering the drama from the House speakers, C-SPAN says it’s time their cameras got better access.
  • The network asked Kevin McCarthy to allow C-SPAN to cover more House proceedings.
  • The network normally uses government-controlled cameras in the bedroom which are limited to wide-angle shots.

After providing rare footage of the House Speaker’s chaotic vote last week, C-SPAN says it’s time their cameras got better access to the House chamber.

Cable and satellite television network co-CEO Susan Swain in a letter Tuesday asked House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to allow C-SPAN to cover House proceedings on behalf of their network and all press agencies accredited by Congress.

C-SPAN, a nonprofit public affairs network, normally uses government-controlled cameras in bedrooms that are limited to wide-angle shots. But the network was allowed to cover last week’s House speaker drama with its own cameras from different angles — and they gave viewers a riveting behind-the-scenes show.

“This is cspan’s best season…ever,” tweeted comedian Jon Stewart on January 4.

C-SPAN’s request came after Rep. Matt Gaetz — a star of last week’s Speakers’ Room C-SPAN show — introduced an amendment to House Standing Orders to allow C-SPAN cameras. on the floor during regular procedures.

A spokesperson for McCarthy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In his letter, Swain noted that there had been “little change in the strict rules” for video coverage of floor proceedings. The reaction of the public, press and House members to C-SPAN’s coverage of House speakers’ votes last week” as well as the ‘transparency’ themes in your new rules package – have encouraged us to resubmit a request we made to your predecessors without success,” she wrote.

She asked to install some additional cameras in the Chamber’s chamber to create a “second journalistic product”, in addition to the Chamber’s recording system. If continuous coverage is not acceptable, she asked McCarthy to allow C-SPAN and other independent reporters to cover major legislative sessions.

The video produced by government employees at House Recording Studio, she wrote, “lacks the transparency that C-SPAN, as a journalistic institution, is capable of providing.”

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