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TV networks, newspapers seek broadcast of Prop 8 trial

Bay City News is reporting that a coalition of television networks and newspapers asked a federal judge in San Francisco today for permission to televise next month’s trial on the constitutionality of California’s same-sex marriage ban.

Ten media organizations sent U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker a letter saying they would like to provide gavel-to-gavel broadcast and webcast coverage of the trial, scheduled to begin Jan. 11.

Pool coverage would be handled by In Session, formerly known as Court TV, the letter said.

The coalition’s attorney, Thomas Burke, wrote, “We appreciate the court’s attention to this matter and look forward to the opportunity to provide coverage of these historic proceedings.”

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