Thursday, 22 December 2016

Webcasting costs



When the webcasting of our council meetings at Southend-on-Sea was first floated (in 2012) as an idea I was almost alone in making my objections known. Whilst not opposed in principle to the idea of broadcasting of our meetings, I thought this exercise in vanity was ill-timed when set against the backdrop of serious and deep cuts.

At the last Full Council a UKIP councillor asked about the cost of broadcasting our meetings, and here is the response that has been sent to all councillors :-

Date
Live Views
After Event Views
Average viewing time
Unique View total
25 Feb 2016
147
158
1 hour 10 mins
197
21 Apr 2016
11
28
13 mins
33
21 Apr 2016
85
135
1 hour 24 mins
149
12 May 2016
15
56
18 mins
62
19 May 2016
64
81
24 mins
111
21 July 2016
55
85
46 minutes
106
20 Oct 2016
160
101
1 hour
171
15 Dec 2016
38
17
1 hour 11 mins
38
Totals
575
661

867

*Note; Live views and after event views are not always unique, if someone watches a recording 3 times this will register as 3 after event views.

The cost of Public-I is £10,102.00 plus VAT per year.

The above cost does not include set-up, but since this has already been spent then I guess we can ignore that now. Whether the ongoing costs are worth it is, I guess, a matter of opinion. Set against other cuts it will still seem extravagant to some.

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