LEGISLATION ON AUDIO DESCRIPTION REQUIRES CHANGES

31st January 2019

Today I called on the Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to change legislation to ensure that statutory requirements for television broadcasters to provide audio description is increased making television more accessible to and not discriminating against visually impaired people. Current legislation requires broadcasters to provide only 10% of their content with audio description.

Access services should be equal to both hearing impaired and visually impaired TV users, however, for hearing impaired 80% of broadcasts have subtitling with a further 5% having signing. Visually impaired people are only receiving 10% of broadcasts with audio description.