Since 1979, C-SPAN has broadcasted raw and often boring coverage of the U.S. Congress. But in the first week of January, something changed. C-SPAN became – as the Hollywood Reporter mused – “America’s Hottest TV Drama in 2023.” And all because, Congress let C-SPAN use their cameras to film the 5-day election of now Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy. Usually only government provided feeds are allowed. This week, I sit down with the C-SPAN Director of Editorial Operations Ben O’Connell and Crew Chief Steve Kehoe (a.k.a. the man behind the C-SPAN camera). We talk about why C-SPAN wants Congress to change its rule and allow C-SPAN cameras to film the government in action.
Filming the fight: Why C-SPAN wants back in Congress
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