Bristol City Council webcast a range of meetings to improve openness, understanding and accountability of local decision making.

Can't find a webcast? - Try our You Tube Channel

Sometimes for logistical reasons we use a different system to host our webcasts.  These are filmed offline and uploaded to our You Tube page for on-demand viewing afterwards.

How to use the webcast portal

The webcast portal forms part of a wide range of services to promote e-democracy in Bristol.  Many people are interested in local democracy and the issues that affect them but are unable to attend meetings; webcasting is one of a number of online engagement tools that enable local people to connect with their council, learn what is happening in their area, and participate in the decision making process. 

Forthcoming and most recent webcasts are displayed on the right; older webcasts can be found in the Webcast library.  All our webcasts should be archived within 2 working days and are available on-demand for 12 months.

Check out extra features that may be available when watching, such as slides, resources, speaker profiles and live text chat.  In an archived webcast, use the links in the timeline to jump to a specific agenda item or speaker.  You can find agendas for council meetings on Meeting Finder and details about councillors on Councillor Finder.

See the Help section for information on what technology you need to watch and troubleshooting technical problems.

Webcasting facts and figures

Like many UK councils, we webcast some of our most important council meetings.  Since the service began in 2007, we have webcast more than 240 meetings.  Our webcasts have received over 417,000 views from more than 139,000 unique visitors and 80,000 repeat visitors.  The majority of our audience watch our webcasts from our archive, however our most popular webcasts, such as election results and big planning applications, have attracted large live audience figures.

Our 3 most viewed webcasts (live + archive) are:
• Mayor of Bristol and PCC election results (16 November 2012) - 23,606
• Cabinet (23 June 2011) - 20,497
• City council election results (6 May 2011) - 14,776

Our 3 least viewed webcasts (live + archive) are:
• Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee (29 July 2008) - 293
• Development Control North Committee (21 May 2008) - 347
• Development Control North Committee (9 Jan 2008) - 382

Webcast overview

What's on today


Tue, 01st Sep 2015 - 6:00 pm

Webcast has not started yet
To be held in the Rosalind Franklin Room, @Bristol. Key decisions include: Libraries for the future: revised proposals, Bristol sustainable urban ...

Coming soon

Mayoral and Executive Question Time for Councillors

Thu, 03rd Sep 2015 - 10:00 am

To be held in Brunel House.

Overview and Scrutiny Management Board

Thu, 03rd Sep 2015 - 11:00 am

To ne held in Brunel House.

Full Council

Tue, 15th Sep 2015 - 4:00 pm


Tue, 06th Oct 2015 - 6:00 pm

To be held in the Rosalind Franklin Room, @Bristol.

Recent Webcasts

Extraordinary Full Council Meeting

Thu, 27th Aug 2015 - 6:00 pm

Public forum & Call-in referral on the West of England Joint Transport Board Decision: MetroWest Phase 2 Preliminary Business Case


Tue, 04th Aug 2015 - 6:00 pm

Cabinet to be held at @Bristol Rosalind Franklin Room. Key decisions include preventing homelessness services contract extensions, Insulation to h...

Full Council

Tue, 21st Jul 2015 - 4:00 pm

Full Council meeting held at the Passenger Shed

ASK George

Thu, 16th Jul 2015 - 6:00 pm

Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, answers more of your questions in a live interview hosted by the Bristol Posts Political Editor Ian Onions.