Deborah D. McAdams /
Video Description NPRM Comment Deadlines Set
Emergency information for visually impaired addressed
WASHINGTON – The comment period has been set for the Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking on video description of emergency information. Comments are due on
Docket No. 12-107 by Dec. 18, 2012; replies are due Dec. 28, 2012. The NRPM was
published today in the Federal
FCC rules currently require major-market stations to provide aural video
description during regularly scheduled newscasts and breaking news. The NPRM
would require that emergency alerts, such as text crawls, also be accompanied
by an audio description. The requirement is part of the Twenty-First Century
Communications and Video Accessibility Act, passed by Congress two years ago.
The law requires that the FCC adopt a rule on provision of video emergency
information by April 9, 2013.
The commission is proposing to have TV stations implement a secondary audio
channel for emergency video descriptive information. (See “FCC
Ponders Secondary Audio for Emergency Alerts.”) This is the same method
now used to deliver video descriptions of news programming during the pauses in
The same NPRM addresses how to require receivers to deliver emergency video
description messages. The commission has until Oct. 9, 2013 to establish
~ Deborah D. McAdams
See the A.W.A.R.E.
Forum for more details.