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City of York Council meetings in York to be filmed
9:17am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
FULL council meetings in York are set to be filmed for the first time following a webcasting trial.
City of York Council has recently experimented with live streaming of its cabinet meetings, also making them available on its YouTube site, and now plans to expand this to meetings of the full authority following the “in principle” agreement of political group leaders.
A report for its audit and governance committee said other meetings may also be filmed “over time”.
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has announced a new law, to be debated in Parliament next week, which would give the press and public new rights to film and report on council meetings.
He said it would protect local media, as well as residents and bloggers, from “town hall Pravdas” and close legal loopholes, as “old-fashioned” regulations had sometimes been used by UK councils to restrict reporting and democracy.
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