In an extraordinary policy shift, C-SPAN, which focuses on the activities of government, announced Wednesday that it would permit the "copying, sharing and posting" on Internet sites of most of the programs that it currently airs and those in its archives going back to the late 1970s. In a statement, C-SPAN President and CEO Rob Kennedy said that the cable network's intent was "to expand the conduit between the government and the people." However, about half the channel's programming would remain covered by copyright, including special events such as the White House Correspondents' Dinner, in which public figures are roasted.