PBS and Audio Description
Resolution 2016-09
 
Whereas, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has demonstrated a historic commitment to providing quality audio description; and
 
Whereas, Los Angeles is the second largest television market in the country; and
 
Whereas, KCET, the former PBS affiliate in the Los Angeles market, passed through the audio description produced by PBS until they disaffiliated from the network; and 
 
Whereas, now KOCE, known as PBS So-Cal, is the major provider of PBS programming in the Los Angeles market; and 
 
Whereas, PBS So-Cal, in response to a viewer inquiry, has stated that they do not have the equipment to pass through audio description and will not invest in this technology; and
 
Whereas, although PBS So-Cal may not have a legal obligation to purchase equipment necessary to offer audio description, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, it nevertheless has a public interest obligation to purchase necessary equipment to provide audio description;
 
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 8th day of July, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, that this organization believes that the residents of southern California who are blind or visually impaired deserve to enjoy the same access to PBS television as their sighted neighbors and friends take for granted; and
 
Be it further resolved that, in order to achieve this objective, PBS So-Cal is urged to purchase the necessary equipment to fulfill its public interest obligation to provide audio description; and
 
Be it further resolved that this organization believes that the Public Broadcasting Corporation should develop and implement policies and procedures which will ensure that all affiliated stations acquire all necessary equipment and pass through audio description.
 
Adopted.
 
Ray Campbell, Secretary