The NZ Herald TV Picks of the Week – Only ONE of them is Captioned – Simply not good Enough!
Cruising the NZ Herald website late last night I came across this ‘TV Picks of the Week‘.
So I did some research
Game of Thrones
When: Monday, 8.30pm
Prime Rocks: David Bowie – Five Years
When: Wednesday, 9.30pm
American Horror Story: Coven
When: Monday, 9.30pm
When: Sunday, 9.30pm
Davey Hughes: Untamed
When: Sunday, 2.00pm
Not exactly a comprehensive scientific study but one similar statistically to our blog ‘Who Needs Perspective‘
To add insult to injury, in the country of production, all of these programmes, except Davey Hughes : Untamed, must be broadcast with captions by law. Davey Hughes is made in New Zealand. Enough said!
Captioning needs to be considered just a cost of doing business for commercial broadcasters, with accessibility rights protected by legislation. As an example, the construction sector have codes mandating accessibility and it is just a cost of business. Why should broadcasting be any different?
#CaptionitNZ Now – its simply not good enough.
– Helen MacKay