The BBC has published its guidelines to programme makers to
ensure visually impaired licence fee payers receive maximum
enjoyment from television shows, in a move designed to encourage
other broadcasters follow suit.
Programme makers must ensure captions, foreign language
subtitles and other text shown on the screen is spoken out loud
according to the guidelines, which were drawn up with the help of
the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
The guidelines, Text on Screen for Visually Impaired Viewers,
which are already used by the BBC, also include advice on graphics
and easily seen colours.
Mark Byford, the BBC’s diversity representative on the
executive committee, said: “We now publish the guidelines so that
audiences can call us to account, and also as best practice for the
rest of the industry.”