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04 JunCampaign – Subtitles for Video on Demand

Last year we held a conference together with Sense and Action on Hearing Loss.  A big topic of discussion at the event was the political landscape and the Government’s pledge to consider legislation on subtitles for Video on Demand content in 2016 “if it is clear that progress isn’t being made”.

Consensus emerged at the conference that we should work together to define what we would see as ‘progress’ by 2016. In the months following the conference RNIB, Sense and Action on Hearing Loss have worked together to develop a ‘Defining progress’ document.  The document can be viewed here 

This document has now been shared with a range of contacts including broadcasters and the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Please urge the Government to act

Now the dust has settled after the general election we know that Ed Vaizey will be retaining his post as Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. It is important that we remind him of his Department’s promise to review legislation in 2016, and urge him to adopt the progress target for broadcaster that we have identified.

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Action on Hearing Loss has developed a simple campaign action that you can use to email Ed Vaizey about this issue.

Please take action here.

Please share with your colleagues