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Democracy goes viral as council webcasts meeting




Leeds City Council is beginning webcasting full council meetings from Wednesday 11 September 2013.



The live streaming will be available from 1:15pm on Wednesday 11 September (tomorrow) via www.leeds.gov.uk for people to get online access to the meeting.



Earlier this year the technology was trialled at a meeting of full council, with the live content being accessed 588 times, and a further 1037 times after the meeting in its archive form.



From September all council meetings through 2013/14 will be broadcast live on the day, and then held in an archive for people to access from www.leeds.gov.uk after the meeting.



Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said:



“An important part of democracy is making sure local people have access to what is happening in their city.



“We are committed to making the democratic processes at the council as open and transparent as possible – and this are one way to make it easier for our residents to see how this part of the council works.



“We have trialled the technology at previous meetings, with the help of specialists, so this time round we are testing the equipment and controlling it ourselves, so please do bear with us if we hit any hurdles.”



To access the live meeting coverage direct visit www.leeds.public-i.tv/core/ or it can also be accessed via www.leeds.gov.uk





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For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk