Audio description provides access to television for people who are blind and vision impaired. Widely available on broadcast TV around the world, Australians are calling for the service to be returned to ABC1 following its 2012 trial.
Thousands of people have sent emails, letters and postcards to Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy and the ABC’s Managing Director Mark Scott urging them to commit to an ongoing trial of audio description. This will allow greater access to television for Australians who are blind and vision impaired, while giving the ABC the opportunity to resolve any technical issues before regulation is put in place.
We are waiting to hear from the Minister and Mr Scott and will keep you up-do-date as things unfold.
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- Federal budget fails to deliver on audio description, May 2013
- Our letter to Senator Conroy, April 2013 [439KB]
- Our letter to Mark Scott, April 2013 [467KB]
- Delivering audio description in Australia: overcoming technical hurdles, March 2013
- Communiqué to government, 28 February 2013
- Blindness sector report, December 2012