Social media and council meetings update

By on 22/03/2011 in Meetings/Minutes, News

Broadcasting Birmingham City Council's full meetings for the first time was today agreed in principle by the Council Business Management Committee (CBM).

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/democracy/Pages/AgendaDetail.aspx?AgendaID%3d59757

Unanimous and cross-party agreement was given to a proposal to carry out a dry-run of streaming the existing audio-visual feed of next month's full council meeting, which involves all 120 councillors.

The intention is that the existing feed will be made available via the city council's online press office, birminghamnewsroom.com, with an embed code being provided to external websites.

The dry-run, which will not be broadcast externally, will enable the council to consider the quality of the feed and the technical ease of providing it to the outside world.

In addition, CBM agreed that tweeting and emailing from full council should also be allowed.

Councillor Philip Parkin said: “Tweeting and sending emails should be allowed, we need to let that happen. It is also important that we film, and do what they do in Parliament.”

It was agreed that further thought needed to be given to social media -  filming/recording/photography and tweeting/sms/emails – with regard to other council meetings, particularly planning and licensing, which are regulatory committees with a quasi-judicial function.

CBM Chair and Council Leader, Councillor Mike Whitby, concluded that “we are all in favour in principle” but asked Dr Mirza Ahmad, Corporate Director of Governance, to return to the committee with more detail in terms of protocols and costs for filming meetings.

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