American cable television network that offers coverage of federal government proceedings and other public affairs programming via its three television channels (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3), one radio station and a group of websites that provide streaming media and archives of C-SPAN programs. C-SPAN's television channels are available to over 100 million cable and satellite households within the United States, while WCSP-FM, also called C-SPAN Radio, is broadcast on FM radio in Washington, D.C., and is available throughout the U.S. on XM Satellite Radio, via Internet streaming, by calling 202.626.8888, and through an iPhone app. The network televises U.S. political events, particularly live and gavel to gavel coverage of the US Congress as well as occasional proceedings of the Canadian and British Parliaments and major events worldwide. Brian Lamb, C-SPAN's chairman and CEO, first conceived of C-SPAN in 1975 while working as the Washington, D.C. bureau chief of cable industry trade magazine Cablevision. It was a time of rapid growth in the number of cable TV channels available in the U.S., and Lamb envisioned a cable-industry financed non-profit network for televising sessions of the U.S. Congress and other public affairs event and policy discussions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-SPAN
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