The City-Parish is now streaming all Metropolitan Council meetings through Facebook Live, representing an important step forward to enhance the transparency and accessibility of local government meetings.
The livestream feed, developed in collaboration between the Metropolitan Council and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, is supported by 10 high-definition cameras with 30 different angles, accessible here or by searching on Facebook for The City of Baton Rouge.
“It’s exciting to see the City-Parish taking this critical step forward to engage our constituents in government activities,” said Councilman Dwight Hudson. “While the City-Parish has hosted a live feed of our Metropolitan Council meetings for years, we understand how important it is to meet our constituents where they are and on platforms and channels they use every day. My hope is that constituents will use this as another tool to engage with their local officials and ensure that we are addressing the issues that they care about the most.”
“Since taking office, I have prioritized transparency and community engagement wherever possible—from the meetings we hold and data we manage, to decisions we make and actions we take,” said Mayor Broome. “By streaming our Metropolitan Council meetings on Facebook, we are adding yet another accessible avenue for citizens to participate in local government and know when—and how—key decisions are made.”
In addition to Facebook Live, Metropolitan Council meetings are carried on Cox Communications Channel 21, and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. Meetings are also streamed on the City-Parish website, brla.gov. Archived videos of these meetings are available on the City-Parish website, as well as The City of Baton Rouge’s Facebook page.
The Office of Public Information, along with the Information Service Department, are proud to be a part of this project. The high-definition Facebook broadcast is state-of-the-art, using the most modern techniques and technology, allowing access worldwide.