SKY NZ to provide more captions

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 10:44am

New Zealand subscription TV provider SKY has extended captioning to a further four channels – History, BBC Knowledge, MTV and TVNZ Heartland. This follows the introduction of captioning on an initial 13 channels in February.

“It’s another step towards access,” said SKY spokesperson Kirsty Way in a media release. “SKY will continue to work towards launching captioning for even more SKY channels and will apply to NZ ON Air funding to make captioning available on Prime.” (Prime is a free-to-air channel which is also available through SKY.)

The Captioning Working Group, which is composed of members from Deaf Aotearoa, The Hearing Association and The National Foundation for the Deaf, welcomed the announcement. “New Zealand’s level of programme captioning was among the lowest in the world,” said the group’s chairperson, Louise Carroll, “and SKY is helping to remove this barrier by improving access for more than 700,000 deaf and hearing impaired people in New Zealand.”

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