LOS ANGELES -- How interested are television viewers in information about the Persian Gulf crisis?
A good indication came over the weekend when C-SPAN II, the cable channel that covers the Senate, reported adding 9.3 million new subscribers on Thursday, the first day of congressional debate on the use of military force in the Gulf. C-SPAN II was added to 240 cable systems across the country for this debate coverage.
"The response by our cable affiliates to bring the live Senate debate to their subscribers has been incredible," said Lisa Kerr, a C-SPAN spokeswoman. "Cable operators around the country made rapid arrangements to add C-SPAN II to their lineup as soon as the Senate debate schedule became known."