24 September 2001
C-SPAN has announced it will postpone the remainder of its history series American Writers scheduled for 2001 until the spring of 2002. The decision was made to allow C-SPAN fuller coverage of the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11.
Effective immediately, C-SPAN is postponing the second half of our American Writers series until the Spring of 2002. This decision was made in response to unfolding events in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The American Writers series is logistically intensive — an eight camera, two-and-a-half hour, live telecast on location each week from a different historic site. 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.
We are proud of the 60 hours of quality historical programming which the American Writers has produced thus far, and of the enthusiastic response from the local communities which served as sites for our live productions. We look forward to a time when we can resume the series with energy and commitment.
Among those affected by the postponement was a program on Mississippi writer William Faulkner, originally scheduled to be broadcast live from his home, Rowan Oak, in Oxford, Mississippi, on October 15.
An exact date for when the series will resume has not yet been announced.