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2 July 2015

Stevenson Supports 'Subtitle It' Campaign for Those with Hearing Loss

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has lent his support to the ‘Subtitle It’ campaign from charity Action on Hearing Loss – calling for subtitles to be included on catch up TV.

There are 10 million people with hearing loss in the UK, and thousands rely on subtitles to follow dialogue and plot in a TV programme. TV on demand and streaming services are increasingly becoming the normal method of viewing TV, but almost all of this is inaccessible to deaf people due to the lack of subtitles.

Mr Stevenson said:

“The way that we watch TV has been completely transformed over the past few years with many people now choosing to stream film or watch catch-up TV in their spare time.

“However, people with hearing loss are missing out due to subtitles being absent from thousands of hours of ‘on demand’ content, and this needs to be addressed.”
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