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TV Tacoma adopts captioning

Post by David Seago on Jan. 31, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
January 31, 2008 5:58 pm

TV Tacoma has just done me – and other deaf or hearing-impaired Tacomans – a big, big favor.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 5, TV Tacoma’s cable broadcasts of Tacoma City Council meetings will offer closed captions, otherwise known as subtitles.

If Mayor Bill Baarsma declares, “Read my lips,” I can read the caption as well as his lips. I’m biased, of course, but I think this is a great step in making city government accessible.

Now it would be just perfect if TV Tacoma would televise council study sessions as well. But city staffers say the small room the council uses for study sessions isn’t suitable for broadcasts and lacks the necessary wiring.

TV Tacoma’s web site has details on programs and services.

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