Reporting and filming of Council meetings

Many of our meetings are public, which means that media such as journalists, bloggers, broadcasters, television crews and citizen journalists may attend meetings to report on and film decisions. 

Filming and blogging

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Our policy permits filming and use of social media channels such as Twitter and blogs to report on public meetings, as long as it is not disruptive.

We also require that, as far as possible, members of the public should not be filmed unless they are playing an active role such as speaking within a meeting. 

We have published the full list of agreed principles on filming and recording public Council meetings, which must be adhered to.

Our Full Council, Cabinet and Strategic Planning meetings are webcast live. We also webcast meetings deemed to be of particular public interest. The webcasts are often accompanied by live web chats. While the focus is on the Councillors during the meeting, members of the public playing an active role may also be filmed.

Some agenda items, known as Part II items, are debated in a closed meeting. The guidelines covering these items are covered by the Local Government Act 1972. Agenda papers must give the reason for their inclusion in Part 11 and members must vote to exclude the press and public from that part of the meeting.

Following the completion of the Part 11 items, members and officers can be approached for comment, however they must continue to respect the confidentiality issues.