Web cast attracts wide audience

Published June 1, 2004

Think only Canadian Anglicans were interested in watching the proceedings of General Synod?

On June 3, the second to the last day of the meeting, over 16,000 connections had been made to the Web cast, where viewers were able to watch the proceedings live. Most of the viewers were decidedly from North America but “we also got connections in every other continent,” said Brian Bukowski, general synod Web manager.

The most watched proceedings? The debate on the same-sex blessings resolution attracted the most number of viewers. The election of a new primate also packed in a crowd, said Mr. Bukowski.

Anglican Video, the Anglican Church of Canada’s video production company, provided the video feed of the proceedings for the Web cast. It also provided on-camera interviews, commentaries and analysis of daily proceedings by 22-year-old Tim Morgan from the diocese of Rupert’s Land.

The official church Web site has archived the highlights of General Synod for those who would like to access them. These include acting primate David Crawley’s opening address, United Nations special envoy on HIV/AIDS for Africa Stephen Lewis’ speech on HIV-AIDS, and then primate-elect Andrew Hutchison’s remarks upon his election.

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