C-SPAN’s 40-year mark on our Republic
By Newt Gingrich (Original source News Week)
“On March 19, 1979, C-SPAN began its first broadcast of the United States House of Representatives. The first on-camera speaker was then Representative Al Gore of Tennessee. It was a tremendous breakthrough in allowing citizens to see the House live and without editing or bias. The man who thought it through and made it possible is Brian Lamb.
Brian Lamb, an Indiana born graduate of Purdue University, is one of the great social entrepreneurs of our lifetime. He envisioned a public service network connecting Americans to their Congress, convinced the cable industry it was affordable and created the series of three TV channels, a radio channel, and a wide variety of websites which constitute the modern C-SPAN system.”
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