No Closed Captioning (LFM)

From: "Samantha Davidson" <>
Subject: No Closed Captioning (LFM)
Date: 31 Oct 1997 14:05:14 -0800

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We are a public television station that aired this program.  Here is feedback
from a viewer.  To whom can recommendations for closed captioning be directed
for future programs?  What are the issues for a live satellite broadcast?  
Thank you.

Samantha Davidson
KQED Educational Services
San Francisco

Date: 10/30/97 4:14 PM
From: Paul Stein
attn:  KQED management (please forward)

      Subject program, telecast at 10am pst,10/30/97, was commendable--except 
for one glaring oversight--the lack of CAPTIONS.
This "passport to knowledge" production was NOT ACCESSIBLE to people who 
depend on the "closed captioning".  We hard-of-hearing and Deaf people and 
our CHILDREN-- are being systematically excluded from these "passports" which 
are intended to motivate ALL children to aspire to careers in Science and 
    I was angered when I saw the long list of "thank yous" (credits) to 
agencies, corporations, and other donors --who made the program possible--and 
we all know how much in the way of Federal funding so many of those 
"contributors" thrive on.  In my opinion those federal funds--are intended 
for ALL viewers--not just those who can understand the audio!
     I ask you, and the management of KQED to do what is morally as well as 
legaly appropriate, and take action to add the closed caption encoding to the 
tape and re-broadcast it in the near future.   
        Paul Stein
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