C-SPAN, the Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network, is a nonprofit cable network funded entirely by the U.S. cable industry that provides viewers access to the processes of government, in the form of televised sessions of Congress, political events, and other forums where decisions about public policy are made. C-SPAN distinguishes itself from other news outlets by its lack of traditional reportage. This entry reviews the history of C-SPAN, subject areas of coverage and array of services, and its mission as a neutral conduit of political and public affairs happenings.

C-SPAN: A Brief History

In The C-SPAN Revolution, Stephen Frantzich and John Sullivan provide background and the story of televised coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives. The origins of C-SPAN itself date from the late 1970s, when ...

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