C-SPAN Shelves American Writers


C-SPAN said Monday that it was postponing the second half of its original
series, American Writers,until spring 2002 in response to
unfolding events in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

American Writers is logistically intensive, using eight cameras for a
two-and-a-half-hour, live telecast on location each week from a different
historic site, profiling the life and works of authors such as Nathaniel
Hawthorne and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

'Events in the past two weeks have made it clear that for the foreseeable
future, C-SPAN needs to dedicate our complete editorial attention to providing
long-form coverage of the national response to this serious situation,' the
MSO-funded public-affairs network said in a prepared statement. 'We look forward
to a time when we can resume the series with energy and commitment.'

The series has produced 60 hours so far.