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3/3/2005

Self-Censorship Leads to Cancellation of Service for Visually Impaired

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/03/2005 @ 3:43 pm

A Buffalo, NY, television station has ceased its audio broadcast signal for people with visual impairments after receiving a complaint about a naughty word in a Tom Wolfe novel. The station offered 24-hour readings of newspaper articles, magazines, movie listings and books as a public service on its SAP channel. Fearing FCC fines, the station discontinued the service until its lawyers could advise them on the possibility of being fined.

Meanwhile, in February, the FCC proposed $65,000 in fines against several broadcasting companies for not making certain information available to hearing impaired viewers via closed captioning.

Note to broadcasters: You can’t win. Help us fight the PTC. They started this mess.

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