I&B Ministry implements Accessibility Standard for TV Programmes for the hearing impaired

All news channels will carry a news bulletin with sign language interpretation at least once per day and all TV channels/service providers will run at least one programme per week with captioning

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Sep 11, 2019 7:38 PM Updated: Sep 11, 2019 7:38 PM
IB Ministry

In order to enhance the accessibility of television programmes for the hearing impaired, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has announced the implementation of Accessibility Standard for TV Programmes for persons with hearing impairment. This will be done through the provision of captioning and Indian Sign Language.

Minister Javadekar announced that all news channels will carry a news bulletin with sign language interpretation at least once per day and all TV channels and service providers will run at least one programme per week with subtitles/captioning.

Live news, live and deferred live content/events such as sports, live music shows, award shows, live reality shows, live debates, scripted/ unscripted reality shows, etc. and advertisements/ teleshopping content have however been exempted.

This will be implemented from 16th September 2019. The overall implementation of the Standards will be carried out in phases over the next five years. The policy will be reviewed after two years.

Javadekar also announced that Accessibility Standards for films for visually impaired through provision of narration facility in between dialogues are also under examination.

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