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CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersCapitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for SDTV feeds)
OwnerNational Cable Satellite Corporation
Sister channelsC-SPAN2
C-SPAN Radio
LaunchedMarch 19, 1979 (1979-03-19)
June 2, 1986 (1986-06-02)
January 22, 2001 (2001-01-22)
(C-SPAN Radio)
90.1 FM / HD Radio (Washington, D.C. / Baltimore)
Selective TV, Inc.
(Alexandria, Minnesota)
K50DB-D 50.3
Streaming media
Available to current cable/satellite subscribersC-SPAN Live
and on demand

Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN; /ˈsˌspæn/) is an American cable and satellite television network that was created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a nonprofit public service. It televises many proceedings of the United States federal government, as well as other public affairs programming. The C-SPAN network includes the television channels C-SPAN (focusing on the U.S. House of Representatives), C-SPAN2 (focusing on the U.S. Senate), and C-SPAN3 (airing other government hearings and related programming), the radio station WCSP-FM, and a group of websites which provide streaming media and archives of C-SPAN programs. C-SPAN's television channels are available to approximately 100 million cable and satellite households within the United States, while WCSP-FM is broadcast on FM radio in Washington, D.C., and is available throughout the U.S. on SiriusXM, via Internet streaming, and globally through apps for iOS and Android devices.

The network televises U.S. political events, particularly live and "gavel-to-gavel" coverage of the U.S. Congress. C-SPAN also televises occasional proceedings of the Australian, British (including the weekly Prime Minister's Questions), and Canadian parliaments, as well as other major events worldwide. Its coverage of political and policy events is unmoderated, providing the audience with unfiltered information about politics and government. Non-political coverage includes historical programming, programs dedicated to non-fiction books, and interview programs with noteworthy individuals associated with public policy. C-SPAN is a private, nonprofit organization funded by its cable and satellite affiliates, and it does not have advertisements on any of its networks, radio stations, or websites, nor does it solicit donations or pledges. The network operates independently, as the cable industry and the U.S. Congress do not have control of its programming content.

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