Kate calls on BBC to increase subtitling for deaf viewers


Kate Green MP, Shadow Equalities Minister, has called on BBC to increase subtitling for deaf viewers of BBC Parliament Channel.

Kate Green has demanded the parliamentary authorities and the BBC do more to make parliamentary TV accessible for deaf viewers.

Kate tabled a parliamentary question about the issue to Liberal Democrat John Thurso MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Finance and Services Committee.

In a written answer, Mr. Thurso said : “The BBC is not under any statutory obligation, but BBC Parliament is increasing its subtitling of proceedings in the Chamber and next year plans to provide subtitling for 65% of sittings.”

Kate Green said: “I am pleased that the BBC is increasing its subtitling of proceedings in Parliament. However, 65% is simply not good enough. The BBC should be subtitling 100% of proceedings in the chamber, so that viewers with hearing impediments have as much access to democracy as the rest of the population. I will be writing to the new Director General of the BBC, asking him to address this issue as a matter of urgency.”

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