The long-awaited trial of audio description on Australian television will commence on 5 August on ABC1, and run for 13 weeks between 5pm and midnight. A list of which TV and set top-box brands will be able to receive audio description has also been released.
The trial commencement date was announced in a joint media release issued by Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), and Senator Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers.
“This audio description trial is an Australian first,” said Senator Conroy. “It is being funded by the Gillard Government and will cover drama, documentaries and other content broadcast on ABC1.”