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Southwark to allow filming of council meetings

The Guardian reports that Southwark Council is to allow the public to film their council meetings.

It is felt it would be the first council to do this. There could be problems. It might demonstrators to disrupt proceedings and get some lively footage of themselves doing so. But filming will be with consent of the Mayor.

It also gets round the objection of cost that some councils give to providing live streaming on their websites. Croydon have ditched webcastings as the say the viewers were minimal and the cost was £32,000. I thought ther viewing figures of an average of 200 for the 60 or 70 meetings a year pretty reasonable.

Lots of councils do provide webcasting. Epping Forest, Cornwall, Cardiff, Cheshire...


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