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.
During the trial, thousands of people sent emails, letters and postcards to the then Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, and the ABC’s Managing Director Mark Scott, urging them to commit to an ongoing audio description service.
In October 2013, the ABC’s technical report on the trial was finally released to the public. The previous government had stated that after this report was released, discussions would be held with the ABC, consumer representative groups and other stakeholders about the introduction of a regular service. We are calling on the new government to stand by this commitment.
In July, Blind Citizen’s Australia (BCA) lodged 21 disability discrimination complaints against the Federal Government and the ABC for not providing an audio description service. BCA is scheduled to have conciliation discussions with the ABC in December which will be brokered by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
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- ABC's technical report released to the public, October 2013
- Disability discrimination complaints made against Federal Government and ABC, July 2013
- 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