PBS INAUGURATION COVERAGE TO BE DESCRIBED AND CAPTIONED LIVE

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PBS INAUGURATION COVERAGE TO BE DESCRIBED AND CAPTIONED LIVE

Continuing the tradition that began with the first Clinton Inaugural, the Media Access Group at WGBH will provide live descriptive narration and captioning for broadcast coverage of Inauguration 2009 on PBS. The Lehrer NewsHour will be broadcasting the events live from 11:00AM to 1:30PM EST on Tuesday, January 20. We will have a team of describers providing narration of visual elements of that coverage (accessible via the SAP channel on most televisions), and stenocaptioners providing captioning of the audio. Live television description is still very rare, and we are pleased to say that long-time corporate sponsor of local news captioning in the Boston area, Dunkin’ Donuts, is providing funding for the description.

And, a first this year, the live described coverage will also be available simultaneously on the web site of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC): Our thanks to MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, Dunkin’ Donuts and the JCCIC for making full access to this historic event possible.

[EDIT: 2009.01.20 ]
Direct Link to CC http://inaugural.senate.gov/history/video/video-2009-obama.cfm

Direct Link to Audio Description
http://inaugural.senate.gov/history/video/audio-2009-obama.cfm

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8 thoughts on “PBS INAUGURATION COVERAGE TO BE DESCRIBED AND CAPTIONED LIVE

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_audio_program

    Second[ary] audio program[ming] (SAP) is an auxiliary audio channel for analog television that can be broadcast or transmitted both over the air and by cable TV. It is often used for an alternate language (hence giving the facetious “Spanish audio program” expansion to the acronym), or for the Descriptive Video Service (DVS) offered in the U.S. by PBS, along with broadcasting the NOAA Weather Radio service or a local National Public Radio station at times where translation or DVS is not needed. SAP is used for broadcasting Canada’s Parliamentary television channel CPAC in both English and French. SAP is also used for student radio stations that cannot otherwise get on the air due to crowded FM broadcasting bands.

    In this case, it’s so people who are visually impaired can listen the description of what it going on. Great work, WGBH.

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