On the Air: The Senate votes for television

The Senate votes for television

The ratings will never approach those of Dynasty. There will be no car crashes, no steamy love scenes, not even a laugh track. Normally, that would be more than enough to prevent a television production from getting on the air. But last week, 42 years after broadcast coverage was first proposed and seven years after the House took to the airwaves, the U.S. Senate voted 67 to 21 to begin gavel-to-gavel TV and radio coverage on an interim basis.

On June 1, after a month of closed-circuit viewing on Capitol Hill, the Senate will permit four rip-roaring weeks of legislative action...

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