Tuesday, March 16, 2010

NY Times Reports: C-SPAN to offer Free Online Access to all of Its Past Programming

note: C-SPAN Turns 31 years old on March 19th. It was launched in 1979, during the Carter Administration, with only coverage of the US House, then adding Coverage of the US Senate in 1987. The Cable Industry pays for C-SPAN with a donation of 5 cents a month per cable subscriber, to C-SPAN's budget.

Over the many years, Presidents have sat for interviews -- including a two hour special Booknotes, with Richard Nixon on the release of his autobiography RN. Now as reported below, ALL of these past programs will be available online for citizens to view, research, and learn.

We hope that funding will allow the Illinois Channel to provide the same service to citizens in Illinois.

From the New York Times

Researchers, political satirists and partisan mudslingers, take note: C-SPAN has uploaded virtually every minute of its video archives to the Internet.

The archives, at C-SPANVideo.org, cover 23 years of history and five presidential administrations and are sure to provide new fodder for pundits and politicians alike. The network will formally announce the completion of the C-SPAN Video Library on Wednesday.

More here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/arts/television/16cspan.html?pagewanted=print

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