Today was the first formal meeting of Cornwall Council that was broadcast live. A huge step forward in allowing the public to see how we do our business. Some people will think it a waste of money, but I really think that if used right it has huge potential.
As I said before it was an all round effort by Officers and Councillors who got this up and running in such a short space of time. The company that we are using to broadcast this said they were hugely impressed in the way this way done. Special credit should go to the Comms team and Democratic Services who made this Motion work. It’s easy to come up with an idea, but the real trick is getting the good ideas from Councillors to work.
On the first broadcast we got just over 1100 viewers. Now that is pretty impressive for the first outing. I am told there were a few technical hitches with audio, but nothing I am told major. From what I have been told those who watched it were impressed.
The debate in The Chamber was a little tame, but that’s normal. Most of the Council meetings are like this, just normal with the odd joke or vigorous exchange thrown in for good measure.
If you would like to watch then click this Webcast
I am sure you will let me know if you like this, or not.
Today, the small working group set up to implement the Motion of Webcasting met. This is moving along rather nicely. The camera required for this will be fitted at the end of April and the first live broadcast will take place on the 11th May 2010 at Cornwall Councils AGM.
I will of course keep you up to date on the process and give details of where you can watch (if you wish) this historic step forward.
I will cut to the chase on this. The motion was passed for Web Casting and live Broadcasting of all formal Council Meetings . That’s good news. It would be easy to take all the credit, but without others helping me, this motion would probably never have got through. It was not just the other Councillors that helped, but the Staff in Democratic Services. They really helped me to get what I wanted into the Legal Council Speak. It was an all round team effort and something I would like to see more of.
From the way the debate went most Councillors were in favour of the Motion and could see if used wisely that this would be a great step forward in giving the Public a better understanding of the Council. Some wanted this first to go through Scrutiny, but I felt as this motion was for full Council to debate and not just passed off to one of the other Committees. This amendment to the original Motion was defeated. Its a credit to the Chairman that she allowed the debate.
Now the working group will meet and get the ball rolling as quick as possible. I shall of course keep you up to date on when it will officially go live.
Here are some other views on today’s event
Jeremy Rowe, Alex Folkes, Graham Smith (sorry I could not resist this one)
Tomorrow, Tuesday 30th March, is going to be a first for me. Nine months after getting elected I will be making my first Motion to Cornwall Council. This Motion is about the live Broadcasting of all formal Committee meetings.
This is something that I strongly believe in. Not everyone is able to attend a Council meeting due to other commitments, but many would like to see how those decision are made that will effect Cornwall. This is one way of allowing those people to see how we do our business. We are, after all, accountable to the Public.
From what I can gather this Motion has, in principle, a lot of support. Not everyone will be in favour, but I hope most Councillors will see the major benefits to this course of action. This Motion is supported by other Political Groups. Andrew Long (MK), Scott Mann and Steve Double (Con) and Jeremy Rowe and Rob Nolan of the LD have all signed up to this Motion. It’s always good when all the Political Groups work together for a common purpose. I just wish there was more of it.
As for the result, I will post this once it has been debated and voted upon.
Here is the (Link) to the Agenda (it’s at Item 13.1).