RTNDA president asks Roberts to allow radio, TV coverage of Supreme Court

October 12, 2005

The Radio-Television News Directors Association has asked newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. to allow radio and television coverage of court proceedings.

The public should be granted meaningful access to arguments made before the court, RTNDA president Barbara Cochran said in a letter sent to the new chief justice.

In her letter Cochran asked initially for the release of audio taped coverage, but added “only television has the ability to provide the public with a close visual and aural approximation of actually witnessing judicial proceedings without physical attendance.”

Banning electronic coverage requires the public to rely upon “secondhand accounts filtered by the perceptions of reporters,” Cochran’s letter said.

To read the entire letter, visit www.rtnda.org/foi/cochran_100605.shtml.

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