Editorial: Pulling plug on city’s broadcasts reasonable

The Durango Herald: Following a June 25 story in The Durango Herald on the City of Durango potentially scrapping its DGOV broadcast services, one commenter wrote: “Lip service to transparency is just that.”

Transparency in government is, of course, essential to democracy. It’s a given. But the city’s inevitable decision to pull the plug on DGOV isn’t a matter of transparency. It’s one of delivery.

The city livestreams City Council meetings and study sessions on its YouTube channel, its website, and viewers and public participants may enter virtual meetings on Zoom. But this won’t mean squat to someone who has never joined a Zoom meeting or even knows what Zoom is. Ditto for someone who has not spent much time online or viewed YouTube.

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