A final decision to press on was taken this afternoon by the council’s General Purposes Committee.
It’s not clear when the regular webcasts will start. They’ve got to go through a procurement process to find a firm to do the outsourced work, which is going to cost around £16,000 a year, maybe less.
Will they have signed contracts and be ready to go by the time the full council meets again, on 1st July? Who knows.
There was no discussion at the meeting of the possibility of extending the webcasts to cover meetings of the council’s decision-making executive, planning panels and scrutiny committees.
Over 2,500 people viewed two trial webcasts (one recorded in November, the other live in May) carried out for the council by local government internet services provider Public-i, a report prepared for the meeting said.
“The principle (of webcasting) has gone down well,” council leader Cllr Keith Wakefield told the meeting. “It’s good for democracy. The genie is out of the bottle with all this stuff.”
If you want to know what a Leeds council webcast looks like (they’re working on ironing out the rough edges) and how it works, click on the image below and watch the recording.