The Government are committed to extending access to broadcasting services for those who are blind and partially-sighted. In relation to digital switchover, special provision will be made to help registered blind viewers to receive audio description services. My Department is currently considering with the RNIB how we might provide help for households where one person is partially-sighted.
The Department has no plans to increase audio description targets at present. However, we shall want to take account of the results of Ofcom’s current review of its statutory code on Television Access Services, in which it has proposed that it would be better to review the statutory target for audio description when it is clearer how many potential beneficiaries will use it.