We’re thrilled to announce we will be captioning all political debates and live election coverage on TV ONE during this year’s election, and are already in the throes of preparing an election captioning team in the lead-up to the first leaders’ debate on August 28th.
Coverage will include all political debates and election night coverage on TV ONE, as well as ONE News at Midday, ONE News at 6pm, Seven Sharp, ONE News Tonight, Sunday’s Q+A, and Sunday’s repeat of The Nation on TV3.
Providing captions on all debates and the live coverage on the day will allow Deaf and hard of hearing people to stay up to date with the election and participate fully in the political process – something we’re pretty excited about!
Chief Executive of Deaf Aotearoa Lachlan Keating says that Able’s captioning of election coverage is a fantastic asset to those in the Deaf community who want to stay fully involved in the political process. “For many New Zealanders, watching political debates is the way they get a better understanding of policies and engage with the political process. Captioning allows the Deaf community to have improved access to this, which is fantastic.”
Our election captioning team of specialist live re-speakers will use voice recognition software to caption the coverage, with preparation including compiling wordlists of candidates’ names, electorates and major issues. Election-related videos are also being used as training.
We take election captioning very seriously and want to ensure that Deaf and hard of hearing people are able to access the most accurate representation of the coverage possible. Although with the nature of live captioning we do have to summarise what takes place in live coverage, our training ensures that all captioners are familiar with the people, issues and places involved with this election in order to provide the best access possible.
We’re working towards increasing the number of hours of captioning available on NZ television, and captioning the election coverage is one way of doing so. We’re looking forward to it!