Call for an ongoing audio description service trial

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 13:42pm

The future of audio description (AD) on Australian television is currently being decided, and blindness and consumer organisations are calling for public support to get an AD service trial on the ABC.

An ongoing service trial would provide viewers who are blind and vision impaired with a similar service to the 2012 technical trial, while allowing the ABC to resolve any issues involved in delivering AD nationally.

The ‘It’s as easy as ABC’ campaign is calling on supporters to write to Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Communications, and Mark Scott, the ABC’s Managing Director, asking them to proceed with the service trial this year.

“We realise there may be issues that still need to be resolved without the strict legal requirements of regulation. An ongoing service trial would allow for those issues to be addressed in a working broadcast environment where true operational conditions would properly test solutions,” said Wayne Hawkins, Disability Policy Advisor at ACCAN who is legally blind.

Send emails or letters to both Conroy and Scott and help demonstrate that the need for audio description has not gone away.

The ‘It’s as easy as ABC campaign’ is being jointly run by Blind Citizens Australia, Vision Australia, ACCAN and Media Access Australia.

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