Washminster

Washminster
Washminster

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Broadcasting Parliament

While BBC Parliament provides an excellent service (and is available on freeview), the coverage of proceedings in Parliament by the main channels often appears to be limited to the less edifying parts of Prime Minister's Questions. Lord Vinson will today ask in the House of Lords:-

"in light of their ambition to reconnect Parliament with the public, whether they will make it a condition of broadcasting licence agreements that broadcasting organisations should state briefly in their main news bulletins the forthcoming day’s business in both Houses of Parliament?"

Personally, I think this would be an excellent idea - the paucity of coverage is not healthy for democracy - and people need to see that there is more to Parliament than the antics at PMQs. What do you think?

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