The Digital Economy Bill, which included a Clause proposed by our Trustee Lord Borwick, was discussed at the House of Lords on 8 February 2017. Visit House of Lords site. Lord Borwick spoke at 18.24.
The requested Clause will give the Secretary of State the power to make regulations to ensure that providers of on-demand television programmes make their services accessible to people with visual and/ or hearing impairments. The Regulations will require programmes to be accompanied by sub-titles, audio description and either presented in, or translated into, sign language. The Government have said that they will accept this amendment.
‘It’s great news that the Government have agreed this amendment as a growing number of deaf people need sub-titles,‘ says Lord Borwick. ‘While the television companies are improving their service voluntarily this will make even more programmes accessible.’