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York Council Meeting to be Webcast For The First Time

York Council 010513

7:53am 4th June 2013

City of York Council is starting a two month webcasting trial to broadcast its Cabinet meetings via its website, starting today (4 June 2013).

During the trial the council will be working with a local supplier, Pilot Theatre, to enable public meetings to be viewed live as well as offering an online archive where recordings of meetings which have already taken place, can also be viewed. 

The council says that the webcasts will make an important contribution in promoting local democracy and increasing community engagement by enabling more residents to having greater involvement in the democratic process.

It is planned that the cabinet meetings on 4 June and 16 July will be webcast to the public as part of the trial. Feedback and statistics from the trial will be monitored and reviewed and a decision will be made on future webcasts. Residents will be able to feedback their views on the webcasts via social media and by emailing webcastfeedback@york.gov.uk.

The live webcasts can be viewed by visiting www.york.gov.uk/webcasts and the recording, including agenda points, will be available to view on-demand the day following the meeting via the same link.

People are encouraged to follow City of York Council on Twitter @CityofYork and gain news updates and a reminder of when meetings will be webcasted. They can join in the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #CYCwebcast and find us on Facebook.

The council is interested to know resident’s thoughts on the webcasting of council meetings. Feedback, comments or suggestions relating to webcasting of council meetings can be sent to webcastfeedback@york.gov.uk.

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