Brian Lamb, C-SPAN's Chairman & CEO, conceived of C-SPAN while working at the Cablevision company. It was created as a cable-industry financed, non-profit network for televising sessions of Congress.
C-SPAN first went on the air March 19, 1979. C-SPAN 2, a spinoff network, covers live sessions of the U.S. Senate and went on the air in 1986. Since 1979, the cable industry has invested US $230 million in the network.
Past chairmen include: