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ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 15, 1977
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(Studio) House begins closed circuit television coverage of sessions which may later be offered to broadcasters.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Details of television coverage and debate over need for it cited; reaction of Speaker Tip O'Neill noted. Jack Brooks is chairperson of committee overseeing TV coverage. Georgia state legislature was 1st to allow television coverage; now only 6 states forbid it. [Georgia state senate Frank ELDRIDGE - says former colleague made speech length according to camera filming time.] Georgia educational TV gives daily edited version of coverage; most Georgia legislature like it and wish it in Congress [Georgia house speaker Thomas MURPHY - cites experience in Senate visit when few Senators at debate; notes protest if state legislature tried this.] In some form, television coverage of House by media expected to happen sometime this yr.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

Farmer, Don;
Walters, Barbara

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