CRTC Supports CAD’s Long-Standing Demand for 100% Captioning

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CRTC Supports CAD’s Long-Standing Demand for 100% Captioning

May 18, 2007

OTTAWA, ON – (May 18, 2007) The Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD), the national consumer organization of Canada’s Deaf citizens, supports a recent Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision requiring Canadian broadcasters to closed-caption 100% of televised broadcasting.

The CRTC has directed all broadcasters to ensure the quality, accuracy and reliability of their captioning. The Commission based its decisions on submissions received from a range of stakeholders including: CAD, Deaf individuals, broadcasters and advertisers.

“Thirty years of incessant advocacy has finally been rewarded! The CRTC has accepted our arguments in the establishment of this new policy,” said CAD Executive Director James Roots, “They specifically mentioned many of the points CAD advanced in our presentation and written submissions. We look forward to this new development in Canadian broadcasting.”

“Six hours of every day will still not be captioned, not to mention countless advertisements and promotional items,” added Sheila Carlin, CAD President, ”We have won a major victory but the war is not yet over.”

Closed-captioning, text representations of audio in broadcast programming, are important links to televised content for persons who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. In television, captioned content includes dialog, sound effects and other relevant information which is displayed in banner-style at the bottom of the screen.

This landmark decision follows the CRTC’s Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2006-5, a process of television policy review.

The CRTC decision is also expected to benefit individuals learning English or French by providing opportunities to improve comprehension, fluency and literacy skills.

For more information, please contact:

Sheila Carlin, President
204-284-9373 TTY
James Roots, Executive Director
613-565-8882 TTY

Both contact persons are Deaf and are best reached via email.

The Canadian Association of the Deaf is the national consumer organization of Canada’s 310,000 Deaf citizens. The CAD provides consultation and information on Deaf needs and interests to the public, business, media, educators, governments and others. The Association conducts research and collects data regarding Deaf issues; issue reports on these studies; and provide expertise on them; develops and implements pilot programs.