C-SPAN

CNN’s Sam Feist Named New CEO Of C-SPAN

Sam Feist, the longtime Washington bureau chief of CNN, will become the next CEO of C-SPAN. Feist will succeed Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain, who have been in the role as co-CEOs since 2012. Founding CEO Brian Lamb remains on the board of directors.

COMMENTARY

Why Doesn’t YouTube TV Carry C-SPAN?

Tom Wheeler: “Over the past four decades, we have come to take C-SPAN for granted. But this important public service is now threatened by a new technology — online streaming — as consumers increasingly ‘cut the cord’ of their cable subscription.”

C-SPAN Searching For New CEO

C-SPAN has started searching for a new CEO with longtime co-CEOs Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain stepping down this year. It’s a rare changing of the guard for the nonprofit public affairs network, which turns 45 on March 19. C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb served as CEO since the company’s founding in 1978, with Kennedy and Swain (then co-presidents) stepping into the co-CEO roles in 2012.

C-SPAN Rolls Out New Connected TV App

Public affairs broadcaster C-SPAN has launched a new app for connected TV users. C-SPAN Select will first be available to 12 million customers of Comcast Xfinity’s X1 service. Plans are also in place for the app to be available via Xfinity’s XFlex, and Xumo platforms this fall. The channel’s leaders say they hope to make the service available via other cable providers in addition to Xfinity in the coming months.

C-SPAN Complaints Weren’t What They Seemed

The official topics were the debt limit, energy policy and the end of federal covid-relief funding, but that’s not what many people wanted to talk about on C-SPAN’s morning call-in program this week. They wanted to complain about C-SPAN — specifically, about one of its board members, Allan Block, and his connection to a labor dispute at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which was not exactly the stuff of national headlines. The calls were part of a coordinated campaign by a labor union, the NewsGuild, to call attention to Block, a C-SPAN board member for more than three decades, and his role in resisting a strike against the Post-Gazette, which his family-owned company publishes.

COMMENTARY

Let C-SPAN’s Cameras Back Into The House

Watching Congress has been boring last week, and not just because the speaker drama got resolved. When the House came back into session last Monday night to vote on its rules package for the next two years, citizens viewing at home saw less of what was happening on the floor because government employees, instead of independent C-SPAN camera operators, once again controlled the video feed and projected staid and static images of the dais. During the days before the new Congress was sworn in, Americans were given a rare opportunity to see their representatives at work elsewhere in the chamber, engaging in candid give-and-take. We support bipartisan efforts to make that the new norm in the people’s House.

C-SPAN Asks Kevin McCarthy To Allow Its Cameras In House Chamber For More Than Just Special Event

With The House In Chaos, C-SPAN Shows Footage Americans Don’t Usually See

Loud booing. Animated conversations in the aisles of the House chamber. Sleeping children. Lawmakers scrolling on their phones. The typical live stream from the U.S. House is focused on the dais and the desks from which members of each party address the chamber. But this week brought an unusual amount of drama as the American public watched lawmakers struggle to select a new speaker. And that’s largely thanks to C-SPAN.

C-SPAN Names Richard Weinstein Head Of Programming

Weinstein, the current VP of digital media, will replace the retiring Terry Murphy, who is wrapping up a 42-year career with C-SPAN on January 6.

Nexstar Keeps Some High-Profile Debates Exclusive

It declines C-SPAN’s request for carriage, opting for national exposure on its co-owned NewsNation cable network. Above: WJW Cleveland’s debate between U.S. Senate candidates Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and J.D. Vance aired on Nexstar-owned NewsNation.

C-SPAN Blankets Cable, Broadband With Debate Coverage

The cable industry-backed C-SPAN is making sure cable and broadband subscribers have plenty of access to important political action in their states. With only two weeks before arguably one of the most important midterm elections in recent memory, C-SPAN is airing and streaming coverage of more than a dozen debates among candidates for governors, U.S. senators and representatives over the next week.

C-SPAN Offers Pre-Election Debate Blitz

C-SPAN Offers Pre-Election Debate Blitz

C-SPAN Hires Michael Piccorossi As Chief Digital Officer

He is joining the cable public affairs networks from the Pew Research Center.

C-SPAN Hires New Risk Management Executive

Could C-SPAN Come To Hulu Or YouTube TV?

The entertainment industry is full of discussions over the ramifications that cord-cutting has on broadcast networks, what fewer cable subscriptions means for ESPN’s rights packages, and how streaming has impacted cable news, but during these conversations about the evolving television industry, one major channel is often left out: C-SPAN.

C-SPAN Has Been Walloped By Cord-Cutting. Inside The Network’s Unlikely Fight For Eyeballs.

The venerable Washington cable network of respectful debate and government procedure has to slug it out for social media views. It’s complicated.

C-SPAN Launches Free Mobile Video App

Longtime C-SPAN Counsel Bruce Collins Retires

C-SPAN Ups Nate Hurst To Political Editor

C-SPAN today promoted Nate Hurst to political editor. He will oversee C-SPAN’s campaign coverage including races for the White House, Congress, state and local elections of national importance. Hurst has been C-SPAN’s deputy political editor since 2019. He joined the network in […]

C-SPAN Offers Buyouts To 100+ Longtime Staffers

Steve Scully isn’t the only C-SPAN staffer to depart the cable news channel recently. TVNewser has learned that C-SPAN recently offered buyouts to more than 100 staffers who had worked at the public affairs channel for more than 20 years.

C-SPAN Political Editor Steve Scully To Exit

Another Campaign? C-SPAN To Air Iowa Speech By Pompeo

NEW YORK (AP) — From the point of view of C-SPAN, the 2024 presidential campaign begins this Friday. The network is sending its cameras to suburban Des Moines, Iowa, to […]

C-SPAN Sets Board Leadership At Annual Meeting

The C-SPAN board of directors added several new members and elected Cox Communications President-CEO Pat Esser to serve as chairman at its annual meeting, held virtually in light of COVID-19 restrictions. Dave Watson, […]

C-SPAN Reworks Its Monetization Model

C-SPAN’s Steve Scully Suspended After He Admits Lying About Twitter Hack

Trump Ramps Up Attacks On Fox News

On Monday before his rally in Sanford, Fla., President Trump ramped up his attacks on Fox News and promoted some competitors including  C-SPAN and conservative outlets One America News Network and Newsmax. “@FoxNews allows more negative ads on me than practically all of the other networks combined. Not like the old days, but we will win even bigger than 2016. Roger Ailes was the GREATEST!,” the president tweeted.

C-SPAN Says Steve Scully’s Scaramucci Tweet Was Bogus

TV Nets Ask Senate To Use C-SPAN Cameras For Trump Impeachment Trial

Pelosi Rejects C-SPAN Request For Own Cameras

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has rejected a request by C-SPAN to use some of its own cameras to cover the historic debate over articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, meaning that if there are any protests or disruptions they will not make it onto video screens across the nation and around the world.

C-SPAN Goes Big On Impeachment Hearings

C-SPAN coverage of a ho-hum congressional hearing usually features three cameras — one head-on camera for the chair; one for the witness; and another side camera for the committee members. There will be no standard operating procedure come Wednesday morning, however. C-SPAN will have seven cameras around the hearing room — two cameras for the chair and other members; two cameras for either side; one witness camera; and two high and wide cameras for that panoramic look. The additional cameras will enable C-SPAN to “better capture the interaction among everybody” in the room.

C-SPAN Founder Brian Lamb Is Retiring

The cable channel, which recently celebrated the its 40th anniversary, is seeing its founder and chairman Brian Lamb retire. On May 19, Lamb will also finish his Sunday night interview program that he’s been hosting for 30 years.

House Legislators Agree: C-SPAN Is Indispensable

Democrats and Republicans may be divided over the Mueller report and health care and immigration and climate change and campaign finance and, well, you get the idea. But one thing they can agree on is that C-SPAN is something of a national treasure.

Q&A WITH SUSAN SWAIN

Reflecting On C-SPAN’s Political Impact

On March 19, 1979, C-SPAN went live to a public audience for the first time. Since that day, when it debuted with four employees, the network has become a mainstay in American politics. The New York Times spoke with Susan Swain, one of C-SPAN’s two chief executives, about the birth of the network, Washington’s initial resistance to being caught on camera and how the network has adapted to the social media age.

COMMENTARY

We Need C-SPAN More Than Ever

Precisely at noon on March 19, 1979, six newly installed video cameras went live in the gallery of the House chamber for the first time. Washington was never the same. The network, the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, which can now be seen in more than 90 million households, still gives us daily proceedings from the House and Senate chambers. It also lets us hear important issues explored in committee rooms, helps us size up candidates on the campaign trail, engages us with book authors and saves a seat for us at think-tank roundtables. It challenges us to think for ourselves, without the clatter of punditry.

Fire Damages C-SPAN, MSNBC Studios, Forces ‘Fox News Sunday’ Relocation

C-SPAN Flooded With Racist Phone Calls On 50th Anniversary Of MLK’s Death

Cable One’s Laulis Named To C-SPAN Board

C-SPAN Vet Paul Orgel Elected RTCA Chair

C-SPAN Editorial Director Paul Orgel has been voted in as the next executive committee chair of the Radio and Television Correspondents Association. For the next year, he will serve as […]

C-SPAN Celebrates 30 Years of its Video Library