Audio description on TV – where to now?

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:48am

Media Access Australia has prepared an analysis of the ABC’s report on the technical delivery of the audio description trial on ABC1 last year. Written by Project Manager for Television, Chris Mikul, Audio description – where to now? looks at viewer responses to the trial, the technical issues that were raised by it, and how these may be overcome.

At the end of October, the Department of Communications released the technical report prepared by the ABC. The report was keenly anticipated by blind and vision impaired TV viewers who want Australia to join the US, the UK, New Zealand and many other countries in having a permanent audio description service on television.

Prior to the federal election, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy stated that, once the report was released, it would hold discussions with consumer groups, the ABC, the Australian Communications and Media Authority and other stakeholders about the practicalities of introducing a regular audio description service. Media Access Australia is calling on the new government to stand by this commitment.

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