National Press Club

Former C-SPAN CEO and "Broadcast Legends" Honoree Brian Lamb Doubts The Network Would Be Given The Green Light Today

May 11, 2015

Former C-SPAN CEO and "Broadcast Legends" Honoree Brian Lamb Doubts The Network Would Be Given The Green Light Today

Brian Lamb is the retired CEO of the C-SPAN network and is credited with inventing the public affairs cable channels. In this edition of Update-1, Brian Lamb talks about why the industry probably wouldn’t give C-SPAN a green light if it were proposed for the first time today, and how it might be affected by a move to “a-la-carte” cable service.

Lamb expresses frustration at the Supreme Court’s refusal to allow video coverage and calls this year’s viewership of 15-million for the White House Correspondents Association dinner “amazing.” In his chat with broadcast correspondent and Broadcast Committee member Steve Taylor, Lamb also dreams about getting inside the Gridiron Dinner, which he describes as “the real chummy evening that nobody ever sees unless you’re invited.”

Lamb will be honored Tuesday, May 12, at the Broadcast Committee's "Legends" dinner at the club.

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