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Broadcasting Programmes: Television

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to increase the use of audio description on television broadcasts; and if he will make a statement. (250578)

The Communications Act 2003 sets minimum targets for the audio description of programmes by broadcasters. However, it is the responsibility of Ofcom to ensure that these requirements are met.

The steps taken by Ofcom to increase the use of audio description include a successful TV campaign to raise awareness, requirements that the Electronic Programme Guide indicate which programmes have audio description, and discussions with manufacturers to encourage them to provide accessible equipment.