BBC Parliament is a British television channel which broadcasts live and recorded coverage of the House of Commons, House of Lords and Select Committees of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, the Scottish Parliament, the London Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Welsh Assembly. The channel also broadcasts reports from the European Parliament and the annual conferences of the main political parties and the Trades Union Congress. On average, 1.2% of the UK’s total population watch the channel for more than three minutes at least once per week; these viewers watch for an average of just over two hours each over the course of the week.
Before being taken over by the BBC, the channel was known as the Parliamentary Channel, operated by United Artists Cable and funded by a consortium of British cable operators. The Parliamentary Channel launched as a cable-exclusive channel on January 13, 1992. The channel was purchased by the BBC in 1998, retitled BBC Parliament and relaunched on September 23, 1998. It now broadcasts on cable, satellite, and Freeview.
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