12 Aug 2010

TV audio description service planned for 2011

5:29 pm on 12 August 2010

A new service for people with impaired vision will mean they can follow television programmes more easily.

Known as audio description, it describes the non verbal on-screen action in a programme alongside the normal soundtrack.

The service be available through Television New Zealand's digital channels in 2011.

Broadcasting funding agency New Zealand On Air has confirmed $500,000 is to be made available for the first year.

Broadcasting Minister Jonathon Coleman says the service is as important to vision impaired people as captioning services have been to people with hearing impairments.