In August this year the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in conjunction with ABC1 launched the first ever trial in Australia for audio description on free to air television. The trial will run for 13 weeks on ABC1 for 14 hours per week.
The department describes audio description as "...an additional verbal commentary that complements the underlying soundtrack of a program. It is narration that explains what is happening visually during television programs, movies, DVDs or live performances."
The Audio Description Trial is set to end on 4 November 2012. To show your support to keep this service going for all Australians who are blind or vision impaired, you can send a postcard to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and the ABC's Managing Director, Mark Scott.
To order postcards and for more information on keeping the Audio Description service on ABC Television please visit www.audiodescription.com.au
For more information on what is on, how to set your television up to receive audio description and more general information, please see the links below:
You can call the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on the following number 1800 254 649.
17 September 2012