City of York Council meetings get new audience

York Press: Council meetings get new audience Council meetings get new audience

VIDEOS by City of York Council have been viewed almost 1,800 times in six months, new figures have shown.

The council began broadcasting videos of its meetings earlier this year, to enable people to view debates without having to leave their homes.

From June 5 to December 11, the council’s videos were viewed 1,788 times, with total viewing of 5,987 minutes.

Separate videos cover each agenda item discussion at meetings. Viewing figures range from 6 to 213.

Council leader James Alexander said the overall figures were higher than expected. He said he first called for meetings to be broadcast online in 2009 but met opposition, and the idea was initially voted down by council.

He said: “Today all council and cabinet meetings are webcast live and uploaded to YouTube soon after. All committee meetings have audio recordings uploaded to our website. This is the biggest step City of York Council has taken to improve transparency and accountability. People should have the right to know what their elected representatives are saying and voting on their behalf.”

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10:44am Tue 17 Dec 13

Oyy you says...

It's the best comedy video out at the moment.......
It's the best comedy video out at the moment....... Oyy you

10:57am Tue 17 Dec 13

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

James Alexander said:
People should have the right to know what their elected representatives are saying and voting on their behalf.

In real democracy people should have the right to know the major issues in advance and the opportunity to influence the outcome. Posting a video on Youtube does nothing to enhance the participation and engagement for residents and is merely a passive communication. Yet another £20k per annum fail.
James Alexander said: People should have the right to know what their elected representatives are saying and voting on their behalf. In real democracy people should have the right to know the major issues in advance and the opportunity to influence the outcome. Posting a video on Youtube does nothing to enhance the participation and engagement for residents and is merely a passive communication. Yet another £20k per annum fail. YOUWILLDOASISAY

12:56pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Micklegate says...

YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
James Alexander said:
People should have the right to know what their elected representatives are saying and voting on their behalf.

In real democracy people should have the right to know the major issues in advance and the opportunity to influence the outcome. Posting a video on Youtube does nothing to enhance the participation and engagement for residents and is merely a passive communication. Yet another £20k per annum fail.
I saw a bit online and it's clear that James Alexander will not listen to any view different to his on any issue.
[quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: James Alexander said: People should have the right to know what their elected representatives are saying and voting on their behalf. In real democracy people should have the right to know the major issues in advance and the opportunity to influence the outcome. Posting a video on Youtube does nothing to enhance the participation and engagement for residents and is merely a passive communication. Yet another £20k per annum fail.[/p][/quote]I saw a bit online and it's clear that James Alexander will not listen to any view different to his on any issue. Micklegate

1:02pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

If videos have been watched on 1788 occasions for a total duration of 5987 minutes, that means the average viewer watches for 3 minutes 21 seconds before giving up. So how long are these council meetings - and what makes people pack in watching them so quickly?
If videos have been watched on 1788 occasions for a total duration of 5987 minutes, that means the average viewer watches for 3 minutes 21 seconds before giving up. So how long are these council meetings - and what makes people pack in watching them so quickly? Ignatius Lumpopo

1:18pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Dave Ruddock says...

pity only "YouTube " can see these meetings, only a comment nothing else
pity only "YouTube " can see these meetings, only a comment nothing else Dave Ruddock

4:01pm Tue 17 Dec 13

acomblass says...

Wonder if there will be a video of the Great Leader's Grand Tour of York greeting the populace available any time soon. The perambulations start at the end of January and finish in November 2014. Custard pies at the ready!
Wonder if there will be a video of the Great Leader's Grand Tour of York greeting the populace available any time soon. The perambulations start at the end of January and finish in November 2014. Custard pies at the ready! acomblass

12:11pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
James Alexander said:
People should have the right to know what their elected representatives are saying and voting on their behalf.

In real democracy people should have the right to know the major issues in advance and the opportunity to influence the outcome. Posting a video on Youtube does nothing to enhance the participation and engagement for residents and is merely a passive communication. Yet another £20k per annum fail.
It is also extremely important that all contributors to recorded Council Meetings;Councillors , Officers and members of the public, are identified by name and position by the Chair at the time. This is a subject raised as a member of the public at a recent Health Overview & Scrutiny Meeting as a matter of basic democratic practice, but was told by a Senior Officer in no uncertain terms that this was not common practice and would not be done.
You can know what ones MP views are in Parliament yet you have no idea how your local Councillor is representing your views locally!
(There are occasions where confidential or personal information is redacted from the record but these occur infrequently.)
However the standard of sound recordings of Meetings, now available on the CYC site, is excellent. One just has to recognise their voices!
[quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: James Alexander said: People should have the right to know what their elected representatives are saying and voting on their behalf. In real democracy people should have the right to know the major issues in advance and the opportunity to influence the outcome. Posting a video on Youtube does nothing to enhance the participation and engagement for residents and is merely a passive communication. Yet another £20k per annum fail.[/p][/quote]It is also extremely important that all contributors to recorded Council Meetings;Councillors , Officers and members of the public, are identified by name and position by the Chair at the time. This is a subject raised as a member of the public at a recent Health Overview & Scrutiny Meeting as a matter of basic democratic practice, but was told by a Senior Officer in no uncertain terms that this was not common practice and would not be done. You can know what ones MP views are in Parliament yet you have no idea how your local Councillor is representing your views locally! (There are occasions where confidential or personal information is redacted from the record but these occur infrequently.) However the standard of sound recordings of Meetings, now available on the CYC site, is excellent. One just has to recognise their voices! Older Sometimes Wiser

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