COUNCILLORS were debating a motion about fast tracking the City of Swan’s financial commitment to a planned leisure centre in Ellenbrook when Echo News went online to check out the council’s new livestreaming service on Wednesday evening.
After an audio glitch last week when the council attempted its first livestreaming of an agenda forum the service, apart from a few seconds when it dropped out, was fine for the time Echo News was tuned in.
When the audio failed on December 5 some viewers ridiculed the city and the livestreaming service on social media, which overshadowed the 95 hits on the livestream service.
City of Swan chief executive officer Mike Foley said the system was operating perfectly when tested prior to the agenda forum, but city staff quickly noticed the problem when the meeting started.
On Wednesday afternoon before the general meeting Mr Foley said the cause of the lack of audio on the livestream had been identified.
“The audio settings were not adjusted correctly and the volume was set too low,’’ he said.
“This was not picked up during testing, as the volume was tested with people speaking closely into the microphones, when in reality at the agenda forum, councillors spoke further away from the microphone.
“The audio settings have now been adjusted so that the volume will come through louder on the live streaming.’’
The livestreaming service might require councillors to modify some of their habits as things like councillor David McDonnell’s use of thumping the desk to emphasise his point could prove to be rather jarring.