Wirral Council will broadcast a Council meeting live online for the first time tonight!

Wirral Council will broadcast a Council meeting live online for the first time tonight!

Planning Committee (Wirral Council) 19th April 2018

Wirral Council will broadcast a Council meeting live online for the first time tonight!

                                      

Planning Committee (Wirral Council) 19th April 2018 which is the most recent Wirral Council public meeting I’ve filmed
Planning Committee (Wirral Council) 19th April 2018 which is the most recent Wirral Council public meeting I’ve filmed

I’ll start at the outset by declaring an interest as someone who also films public meetings of Wirral Council.

Tonight, Wirral Council will for the first time broadcast a Council meeting live on the internet. This follows award of a webcasting contract to Public-I Group Limited.

The public meeting tonight (if you read this the day on the day I am publishing it) is the first part (of two) of Wirral Council’s Annual Meeting. The meeting will decide on the Civic Mayor and Deputy Civic Mayor for the 2018-19 year. Wirral Council’s Cabinet have already recommended that Cllr Geoffrey Watt become the Civic Mayor for 2018-19 and Cllr Tony Smith become the Deputy Civic Mayor for 2018-19.

The meeting itself should be able to be watched live this evening from this page on Public-I Group’s website.

In April I made this Freedom of Information request for a copy of an invoice from Public-I Group Limited for £277,681.20 to Wirral Council.

The invoice details what the £277,681.20 is for as follows:

“Audio / Electronic Voting System & Three Year Webcasting and Maintenance Contract. All hardware is purchased.

Chamber: £90,379.95
Committee Rooms and Portable Solution: £46,150.82
Cameras and Encoders: £38,690.23
Webcasting Services 3 years (licence fees, hosting and streaming): £48,530.00
Preventative Maintenance 3 years Chamber: £2,550.00
Preventative Maintenance 3 years Committee Room 1: £2,550.00
Preventative Maintenance 3 years Committee Room 2: £2,550.00

Total: £231,401.00

VAT (20%): £46,280.20

Total: £277,681.20

Although the page on Public-I Group’s website for the meeting has the start time for the meeting as 6.45 pm, the meeting tonight is scheduled to start at 7.00 pm.

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