Name the Country that Just Legislated for Captioning…..
Senate Bill 2239 passed its third reading on May 23, 2016. It requires ‘franchise holders or operators of television stations and producers of television programs to broadcast or present their programs with closed caption option, and for other purposes”.
Senator Bam Aquino’s Facebook page released the news:
GOOD NEWS! Senate approves SB 2239, a bill requiring all franchise holders or operators of television stations and producers of television programs to broadcast or present their programs with closed captions option to benefit persons with hearing disabilities, including but not limited to newscast or news programs and pre-scripted programs.
Previously TV stations were encouraged to caption. The new law will require broadcasters to caption.
Senator Grace Poe, sponsor of SB No. 2239 and chairperson of the Committee on Public Information and Mass Media is previously reported as saying closed captioning would permit deaf and hard of hearing to “engage and be part of popular culture.” An article quotes Poe as saying that “Once the bill is passed into law, the Philippines would join the rest of its Southeast Asian neighbors like Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, in providing a closed-captioning system”.
We are keeping a close watch on these and other captioning developments around the world.
In New Zealand, there is no law encouraging or requiring captioning. The Government “encourage” broadcasters to caption. The New Zealand Captioning Working Group (CWG) is a collaboration of Deaf Aotearoa, The National Foundation for the Deaf and the Hearing Association New Zealand and have been working together for 4 years to improve media accessibility across the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. We are calling on the Government to legislate for captioning. Last week we presented a petition to Parliament, signed by over 2,300 people calling on them to do just that.