Angus North and Mearns MSP, Nigel Don, is backing a campaign to get more subtitles on TV for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
Mr Don is supporting Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s ‘Subtitle It!’ campaign which aims to achieve equal access to television and movies – whether through digital, on-demand or new media services – for viewers who are deaf or have hearing loss.
Accurate, timely subtitles are vital to help the estimated one in six deaf or hard of hearing residents of Angus North and Mearns follow what is being said on public information videos as well as television programmes and movies.
Mr Don said: “Access to TV programmes for people with hearing loss has vastly improved in recent years, however I was shocked to learn that more than 80 per cent of on-demand providers don’t offer any subtitles on their catch-up services and that digital channels can do much better too.
“Having spoken to Action on Hearing Loss Scotland campaigners, I’m aware of the understandable frustration that the lack of subtitles causes many who are deaf or hard of hearing – especially when programmes on catch-up services were originally broadcast with subtitles provided!
“I encourage all my constituents to support Action on Hearing Loss’s Subtitle It! campaign to encourage broadcasters and Video on Demand providers to ensure people who are deaf or hard of hearing can use accurate subtitles, which are synchronised with speech, on everything that they watch.”
Delia Henry, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, added: “We’re delighted that Nigel Don MSP is behind our Subtitle It! campaign to stop the digital exclusion of people with hearing loss.”
For information about Action on Hearing Loss’s Subtitle It! campaign, visit www.actionhearingloss.org.uk/subtitleit