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SALFORD COUNCILLORS’ £87,000 TO TELEVISE THEMSELVES
 

Star date: 11th October 2017

£87,000 COST OF BROADCASTING SALFORD COUNCIL MEETINGS

Cash strapped Salford City Council has recently agreed a contract worth £87,333 with Public-i Ltd to broadcast its meetings, which includes new microphones and HD cameras. The last public information on viewing figures revealed that less than one hundred people watched each broadcast.

Full details here...


Salford Council has agreed a contract extension with Public-i Ltd to broadcast its meetings at a cost of £87,333.

The contract includes £63,180 "for the supply of delegate microphones, licences, and voting licences" and £24,153 to broadcast the meetings for the next two years.

The stage managed Council meetings, with pre-arranged questions by Labour Party councillors fed to Labour Lead Members, have proved a massive turn-off for citizens.

When the Council first started broadcasting meetings on its website, a Freedom of Information request by the Salford Star revealed a total of only 240 viewers for three meetings, less than one hundred for each, and the most expensive show in the city (see previous article – click here).

"The system manages the live recording and web broadcasting through fixed cameras that are integrated into an agenda management system and a microphone solution" states a Council report...

...Which is a bit ironic, as in most Council meetings proceedings get paused as councillors haven't actually got the hang of switching microphones on when they are speaking.

The £87,333 cost of the new 'microphone solution' and broadcasting is coming from the revenue budget, which pays for things like Regulatory Services where staff face huge wage cuts and redundancies agreed by Salford Council yesterday (see here).


See also previous Salford Star article – Salford Council Ben Hur Budget To Screen Cuts – click here

wrote
at 14:55:51 on 13 October 2017
The reason I ask is to find out if we are paying an out of area firm this money when we have invested millions into Media City where Salford encouraged thousands of young ones to study media services !
 
wrote
at 12:26:56 on 13 October 2017
At that level of turnover I think they need to be VAT registered as well. Is this information known and does the £87333 include VAT or what ?
 
wrote
at 10:18:35 on 13 October 2017
Do you have the Companies House company number for this business and is there an annual renewal cost ?
 
Hedley Hopper, Political & TV Commentator & Fashionista wrote
at 09:19:36 on 13 October 2017
Imagine the scene, dear Readers, it’s the 2018 Film and Television Awards Ceremony: “And up for the Corbyn Award for fictional drama, impressive costumes and most incredible Make Believe Storyline is…….’SALFORD LIVE: an entertaining light comedy set in the corridors of a northern Civic Centre, featuring a cast of thousands of downtrodden locals, being forced by an extravagant out-of-touch group of oligarchic fantasists to live in a socialist wonderland of ever-increasing Council debts, free loans to businesses and minor league rugby clubs, and failure to enforce Section 106 monies. Witness the swashbuckling heroine, Mary Ferrer, a cross between a latter-day Boadicea/Boudicca (take your pick) and Elizabeth I, fight for the rights of locals and common-sense policies clad in her fetching “Game of Thrones” outfit on the steps of the Civic Centre. She strikes a cutting figure when fighting the Salfordtubbies, the principal three leaders of the Oppressive Oligarchy. (Oh dear, perhaps that GoT outfit ought to be changed in the interests of authenticity!!) A fantasy? Then just watch the latest series to be broadcast. Embarrassing cost of money, embarrassing unbelievably scripted, wooden and ham-ish performances. On the plus side of transparency and government in the open, it just shows how incompetent Labour appears, so Carry On Salford!!!
 
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at 09:19:39 on 12 October 2017
People already fed up with this labor council. The vote will drop well below 10% in safe seats. It is time to kick them out and put volunteers in their place saving us over £1 million a year. I know many what would do it free to rid us of the televised circus.
 
Mary Ferrer wrote
at 07:37:04 on 12 October 2017
I am say here reading this latest installment of how to NOT run a council.take the decision was made yet again behind closed doors. We are on our knees,they are cutting staff closing care homes. Running services on a shoe string.But they can find the money for their latest ego trip. I am sure if that lot up at the Civic worked in the private sector,they would be queuing up to sign on. But the voting people of Salford can't even be bothered to get off their derriair and go and vote. Those that do must have no idea what is going on in Salford.
 
Gareth L wrote
at 19:42:15 on 11 October 2017
How much do you think we would raise to stop them doing it? Or form them to dress up like telly tubbies!
 
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