Prime Minister David Cameron plans to allow TV cameras in British courts, reports Sky News who have been campaigning for the changes since 2010.

Under current law, cameras are banned from courts in England and Wales with the rare exception of the Supreme Court which has allowed cameras to film in the last two years.

John Ryley, head of Sky News who launched a campaign in January last year to allow court to be televised wrote an open letter to Justice Secretary Ken Clarke calling for proceedings to be televised.

Speaking to Sky News, Clarke said he could see "no good reason" why television cameras should not be allowed in court to "record and give to the public the remarks of the judge".

Cameron is expected to announce his backing for "limited" coverage of certain trials  later today.

Ryley responded to Cameron’s support saying; "Sky News welcomes the decision and looks forward to working with the judiciary to bring about more transparency in our justice system."

A spokesman for Number 10 said: "We are considering proposals put forward by broadcasters to allow limited recording and transmission from courts in specific circumstances.

"However, before any firm proposals are developed, the Lord Chancellor will wish to consult on the principle of broadcasting from court with the senior judiciary."

However critics of the proposal claim that the public will only tune into the more sensational cases leading to a distorted view of the courts system.


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