British conference celebrates audio description

Monday, 2 November 2015 16:58pm

The RNIB Audio Description Conference: Celebrating Progress and Looking Ahead, which was held in London on 23 September, brought together a host of audio describers, broadcasters, film distributors, academics and other professionals who were keen to discuss ways of improving and expanding this essential service for people who are blind or vision impaired.

RNIB: supporting blind and partially sighted people

The conference included sessions on the last decade of audio description on television and in cinemas in the UK, and the challenges facing the service over the next ten years. It was coordinated by RNIB (the Royal National Institute of Blind People), and sponsored by BTI Studios, Deluxe and ITV.

A summary of the conference can be downloaded from the RNIB website.

Audio description was first trialled on British television in 1994, and legislation which made it compulsory for most channels was introduced two years later. There is still no audio description on Australian television despite a trial of it on the ABC which took place in 2012. However, a trial of the service on the ABC’s iview commenced in May 2015 and is scheduled to run for 15 months. For more information see our Audio description on TV page.

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