'Skype seats' to be added to White House press briefings

'Skype seats' to be added to White House press briefings

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at his first press briefing Monday that future briefings will include four "Skype seats" for reporters who are outside of the Washington, D.C., area.

Spicer did not specify how it would be decided which outlets would be brought in via Skype, the world's largest video call service owned by Microsoft. He did say those eligible for consideration need to live more than 50 miles from Washington.

Spicer added that the technology would open up briefings to a “diverse group” of journalists who can’t afford to travel to D.C. 

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The former Republican National Committee spokesman told The Hill earlier this month that taking questions from those not physically in the room was being considered. 

“Maybe we solicit talk radio and regional newspapers to submit questions — because they can't afford to be in Washington — but they still have a question," Spicer said in an interview Jan. 8. "Maybe we just let the American people submit questions that we read off as well,” he added. 

Taking questions from reporters not in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House would be a first for any administration.