I really should have got round to writing about this earlier.
I did some work recently with Wakefield Council to help them to live stream their Council meetings. I gave them an insight into my live-streaming methods, we worked together to ensure the connectivity to the council chamber was optimised, and then I live-streamed a meeting, observed closely by a member of council staff who has since live-streamed a meeting himself, solo.
I am all in favour of council using hi-tech methods and multiple cameras to showcase their meetings to the public. But, as I have written elsewhere, not every council can afford such methods, and they don’t always know there are cheaper ways of doing it.
We had a major hitch for the first live-streamed Wakefield Council meeting. The internet connection went down 5 minutes before the meeting was due to start, and wasn’t restored until 45 minutes in. But, despite the fact that people were left looking at a brief test recording for the first 45 minutes, there were 415 live viewers for that first broadcast. A result, I think.
Here is that first broadcast (missing the first 45 minutes), although the rest of it is archived here.
If any other councils (or other organisations) are interested in doing something similar, please contact me here