Durkan backs campaign for equal access to TV for deaf & blind people
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has supported a new campaign to stop deaf and blind people in Derry and throughout the North being excluded from on-demand TV content.
Mr Durkan has given his backing to the Subtitle It! campaign by charity ‘Action on Hearing Loss’ which is calling for new legislation to be introduced that will mean people with sight and hearing loss are able to watch fully accessible video-on-demand services with subtitles, signing and audio description.
The rise of on-demand, streaming and catch-up services has led to the way people watch television content being transformed which, Parliament could not have foreseen when it passed the 2003 Communications Act. The Act led to huge improvements in the provision of subtitles on traditional TV, but it is now 12 years old, and technology has outgrown it.