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Three Hour Sunday Block to Include LIVE Phone-in Program; Latest Public

     WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Starting June 9, the
Parliamentary Channel will begin airing a weekly three-hour
programming block from C-SPAN, the U.S. cable television network
devoted to politics and public affairs.  This public affairs programming will
air Sundays from 12 noon to 3pm GMT.  

   For seventeen years, the C-SPAN Networks have provided live,
gavel-to-gavel coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives and the
U.S. Senate to American audiences.  C- SPAN also brings viewers
other long-form programming, including public policy events in their
entirety, speeches by President Clinton and congressional leaders,
and Campaign '96 election coverage.  

Now, the Parliamentary Channel will offer a special C-SPAN
three-hour block every Sunday afternoon to give British cable
subscribers both a timely look at political events and the
opportunity to participate in live discussions about the issues. 

Program specifics are as follows:   12:00 noon - 1:00 pm GMT:  The
first hour of programming will focus on events and speeches that have
aired on C- SPAN during the past week, Campaign '96 events, and
speeches by American public policy leaders and international figures.
 1:00 - 3:00 pm GMT:  During this segment, viewers will see C-SPAN's
Sunday Washington Journal LIVE from Washington, D.C.  The Washington
Journal is a magazine-format program during which journalists,
politicians and public policy makers discuss contemporary political
issues and examine public policy stories appearing in U.S.

A key element of the Washington Journal program is
viewer interaction through live telephone calls, faxes and e-mail. 
C-SPAN will provide a special phone line exclusively for callers from
the United Kingdom at 0101-202-737-2579. Viewers can also send in
questions and comments during this LIVE program via fax at
0101-202-393-3346 or through the Internet to the network's e-mail
address at cspanguest@aol.com. 

C-SPAN was created in 1979 by America's cable television companies
as a public service and is available in 67.1 million households. The
launch of C-SPAN in the United Kingdom is a cooperative venture
between C-SPAN and the Parliamentary Channel, which is available in
1.3 million households in the UK.   

Ein C-SPAN3-Testbild war vor kurzer Zeit auf PANAMSAT zu finden. Es handelte
sich dabei um eine Testaustrahlung der o.g. Zufuehrung. Sie wurde aus dem
C-SPAN3-Kontrollraum durchgefuehrt, die Crew war nach eigenen Angaben
gegenueber dem SAT-Chronicle zu faul, das Testbild zu aendern.

Hier ein Auszug aus der Original eMail:

What you saw was the tail end of a test transmission to the 
Parliamentary Channel in London, which will begin carrying 3 hours of 
C-SPAN programming per week (see attached press release below.)  

I think I have an explanation as to why you saw the mention of
C-SPAN3.  We used the C-SPAN3 control room to transmit our test
signal to the Parliamentary Channel people in London, and we must
not have bothered to remove the C-SPAN3 screen that runs on that
channel when we are not airing any programming.  Sorry for the

I hope that clarifies the situation.  In the meantime, we hope that 
more countries around the world are soon able to pick up C-SPAN.  
We're certainly working on it.

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