Council broadcast live meeting to three people
A council which spent £100,000 on broadcasting its meetings live online has admitted that as few as three people have logged in to watch.
Bristol city council has been broadcasting a range of its meetings online over the past five years, in a bid to become more transparent and accountable.
But town hall bosses have admitted that one cabinet meeting was watched live by just three people while another gathering attracted just four viewers.
There are now calls for a review into the "webcasts", created in 2008 to broadcast local decision making to a wider audience.
But the local authority defended the project, insisting it was a "huge success". The live audience was small, but "hundreds" more people later watched meetings on the website's archive.
A council spokesman spokesman said: "It is clearly making a big impact on the openness and accessibility of our local democracy - which a council is duty bound to promote."