Hundreds tune in to first council webcast

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HUNDREDS of viewers tuned in to the first city council webcast, with figures of 611 far higher than expected.

Proceedings of the September meeting were broadcast online – and a snap survey found 84 per cent of viewers reporting a greater understanding of how decisions are made.

The main item on the future of Leith Waterworld included a speech from community group Splashback, which is seeking to take over the running of the site. A vote resulted in the group being given until January to improve their business case.

Council insiders suggested viewing figures were far higher than expected, despite a relatively uncontroversial agenda. Upcoming debates on Portobello High School, in October, could attract thousands of viewers.

“A bit of a revelation,” viewer Colin McEwan wrote on Twitter. “They are not the bunch of morons received wisdom would have us think.”