NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 15, 1978
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(Studio) Bill now before Congress to permit proceedings to be televised and debate over who would control cameras detailed. Canada's televising of parliamentary proceedings is subject of report
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Ottawa, Canada) Details of camera coverage of Canadian parliament, in session in Ottawa, given. Speaker of House of Commons is James Jerome, who is compared to United States House speaker Tip O'Neill. Prime Min. Pierre Trudeau contrasted to President Carter. Pagentry of parliament comes from England, television cameras from RCA. [TV committee spokesperson Tom VAN DUSEN - describes provision for equally good camera shots of all members of House] Cost of TV coverage of parliament cited. CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) did engineering design, but House owns equipment and employs staff; is noted that this is how O'Neill proposes to televise United States House proceedings. [TRUDEAU - speaks to House in English and French.] Carriage of proceedings by cable television companies in Canada and weekly CBC summary of proceedings described. television ad's adaptation of televised House action to push product noted; ad shown. Ex. of action in parliament cited in exchange between conservative representative Tom Cossett and Trudeau; parliamentary film shown as well as coverage by CBC.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit