Triumph for broadcasters in the Lords

By David Rose

Broadcasting journalists have scored a minor triumph by persuading peers to be interviewed by them in the House of Lords.

MPs already allow broadcasters to interview them and provide commentaries from the Central Lobby at Parliament.

Now, in a concession following pressure from journalists and Parliamentarians headed by filmmaker Lord Puttnam, peers are to grant broadcasters a television interview point in the Peers’ Lobby.

More close-ups and panning shots will also be allowed when filming the chamber.

But the concessions will be limited to a trial period to see whether broadcasters are interested enough in the House of Lords to fund live interviews.

Announcing the concession, Lord Brabazon, chairman of committees, said: "No broadcaster has, at this stage, indicated any desire to fund a ‘live’

technical link to their studios."

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