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Broadcasting: Sight Impaired

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received on increasing the target for audio-described programming (a) from 10 per cent. and (b) to 20 per cent. (233219)

I have received representations from the general public and the RNIB about increasing the current 10 per cent. target for audio-described programming to 20 per cent.

Ofcom have responsibility for assessing audio description usage on television programmes. I understand that they intend to investigate take-up and usage of audio description and to conduct an analysis of the social and financial implications of any possible increase in audio description as part of their 2009 Access Services Review.