new-prime-logoSKY Television announced yesterday that in a partnership with Government-funded Able, it will provide captioning on certain Prime Television programmes from early next year.

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Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams says the extension of captioning to Prime Television will ensure more content availability for deaf and hard of hearing people.
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ableYet another public service provided by TVNZ has been separated off as television captioning and audio description services are now in the hands of the Media Access Charitable Trust.

NZ On Air and the Media Access Charitable Trust are today celebrating the official launch of Able, New Zealand’s new television captioning and audio description service for hearing and vision-impaired audiences.

Launched by Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss, the service provides free captions allowing Deaf and hearing-impaired people to enjoy a range of broadcast content across TV ONE, TV2, TV3 and FOUR. Able also delivers audio description on selected programming on TV ONE and TV2, a relatively new service for blind and vision-impaired audiences. Continue reading »