Cost cutting at the Nine Network has resulted in a reduction in captioning of programmes. Shows that have lost captions for the hearing impaired include Days of Our Lives, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mornings with Kerri-Anne, Fresh Cooking and Antiques Roadshow.
Subtle production changes like this accumulate to affect our viewing standards. If this keeps up Nine might become a bit of an antique itself.
Nine is required to caption an average of 70 per cent of programming aired between 6am and midnight. It claims to have an average of 78 per cent in the timeslot, but there are suggestings it has now fallen to 57.5 per cent.
Deafness Forum of Australia CEO Nicole Lawder said Nine had blatantly and cynically manipulated their captioning.
Source: Herald Sun