Thursday, March 08, 2007

C-SPAN Widens Public Access

C-SPAN is surrendering to YouTube. The driest network on television is letting bloggers and Internet video junkies have public access to many of it's video feeds.

The video of the floor of the House and Senate have always been in the public domain. But other coverage -- hearings, speeches, special events -- have been copyrighted material of the outfit put together by the cable TV industry.

It makes good sense. C-SPAN probably gets a bigger audience though short video clips of the one nugget in a five-hour snoozefest. You have to look at that as free advertising for the chanel.

Their new policy now applies to Congressional hearings, agency briefings, and White House events. (Beltway Blogroll/

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