Guernsey States meetings to be streamed by the BBC online

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Image caption Audio of the monthly sittings will be streamed live on the BBC News website for Guernsey

Guernsey States meetings will be broadcast online for the first time later this month.

Currently only two meetings - States of Deliberation and States of Election - can be heard in person or via BBC Radio Guernsey.

Deputy Matt Fallaize, States Assembly and Constitution Committee chairman, welcomed the change which he said gave the public more access to government.

The BBC already streams audio from the Jersey States meetings.

'Transparent and accessible'

"The Committee believes that meetings of the States should be as transparent and accessible as possible," said Mr Fallaize.

"Streaming the States live will certainly make a contribution to the openness of our democracy and hopefully will be of use to people who may wish to follow proceedings but cannot always listen on the radio."

The proceedings of the States can now be broadcast live by any media, although no cameras are available to capture video.

The BBC will be the first organisation to offer the internet streaming audio service from 24 June.

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