RTCA response regarding RT Network

RTCA response regarding RT Network

The Executive Committee of the Congressional Radio-TV Correspondents’ Galleries has received many inquiries regarding our decision to revoke RT’s accreditation following their recent filing as a “foreign agent” with the U.S. Justice Department. 

In a widely reported response to our decision, RT has questioned the accreditation status of NHK, Japan’s largest publicly-funded broadcast outlet and a longtime Gallery member, asserting they, too, have registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).  This is not accurate.  The company in question, NHK Cosmomedia America, Inc., is a separate entity that has never been issued credentials by the Congressional Radio-TV Correspondents’ Galleries.

On Monday, December 4, the Executive Committee met with NHK’s Washington Bureau Chief at his request, who affirmed NHK has not registered as a foreign agent under FARA.

Consequently, the Executive Committee of Correspondents stands by NHK’s current accreditation status and has concluded its review.  As always, the Committee will continue to aggressively verify our members’ continued compliance with Gallery membership rules.

RTCA Executive Committee votes to revoke RT credentials

RTCA Executive Committee votes to revoke RT credentials

The Executive Committee of the Congressional Radio & Television Correspondents’ Galleries exercised its authority, as granted by the rules of the House and the Senate, to withdraw the news credentials of the RT Network by unanimous vote on November 21, 2017.

RT Network was notified of the decision on November 29, 2017. 

 

Executive Committee Election Notice

Executive Committee Election Notice

Petitions nominating members to stand for election to the Executive Committee of the Radio-Television Correspondents Galleries are now being accepted.  There are three vacancies to be filled. 

Any active member (as opposed to non-voting or temporary member) may be nominated by a petition signed by twelve active members.  Petitions must be submitted to any member of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery staff by 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

The annual election will be held on Wednesday, December 13 and on Thursday, December 14.  The annual meeting will be held on Friday, December 15 at 12:00pm in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery.                                   

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Expansion of RTCA voting rights

The Executive Committee of the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Galleries voted unanimously to expand its election voting rights to include credentialed members whose main responsibilities are technical in nature.  Providing full membership status to this group properly acknowledges their broadcast expertise in covering Capitol Hill and will give your Gallery enhanced perspective to improve and protect our reporting access.

We welcome their participation in voting and also running in future RTCA board elections beginning next month on December 13th & 14th.  

If you have any questions about your voting eligibility, please contact the Senate Radio-TV Gallery at 202-224-6421.

RTCA Announces Radio Personality Bobby Bones As Guest Emcee at the 73rd Annual RTCA Dinner

RTCA Announces Radio Personality Bobby Bones As Guest Emcee at the 73rd Annual RTCA Dinner

Dear RTCA members:

The Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce nationally-syndicated radio personality Bobby Bones will serve as guest emcee at the 73rd annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner set for October 25, 2017 at the National Building Museum.

Bones’ weekday radio program, The Bobby Bones Show originates from iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM in Nashville, Tennessee and is heard on more than 100 stations nationwide as well as iHeartRadio.  

He also hosts a weekend countdown show Country Top 30; is a New York Times Best-Selling author for his first book, Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book; a stand-up comedian performing sold-out shows on his Funny & Alone tour; and is half of the chart-topping comedy band Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots.

Born and raised in Arkansas, Bones began his radio career at age 17 at KSWH-FM 91.1, the campus station of Henderson State University, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Radio/Television.

The Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association aims to promote the radio and television news gathering fraternity and strives to protect the rights and privileges of radio and television news reporters, and assist in every way possible to maintain the high standards of reporting news by radio, television, wireless and other similar means of transmission. The RTCA credentials approximately 3,700 broadcasters from more than 100 news organizations to cover the United States Congress.

For ticket information, or if your organization is interested in sponsorship or advertising in our program, contact RTCADinner2017@dufourandco.com.