[access-uk] Re: Children of Beslan - Response from the BBC

I don't have audio description, but I agree entirely with Steve.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Nutt" <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 9:08 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Children of Beslan - Response from the BBC



Hi Mel,

In one way, I agree with the BBC on this, the children's voices should be
heard. However, there would have been a simple solution, and that would be
to put it on the Audio Description track. Did you suggest that to them? I
didn't watch it myself, so can't comment, but sometimes, the originator's
voice is more important than an interpreter, even if you can't understand
it. But Audio Description would have answered the problem here, because
sighted people would not have to hear it. It could be a distraction to the
sighted, we need to look at both sides of the coin.


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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Mel Spooner
Sent: 14 September 2005 09:06
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Children of Beslan - Response from the BBC


Hi All,

Following the discussion on this list about the Children of Beslan programme
on BBC 2, I wrote and registered a complaint with the BBC.
Below is my response.


To me, the response is far from satisfactory. It is, in my opinion, like
saying that a building can't be made accessible to a wheelchair user because
the steps leading up to the entrance are aesthetically pleasing and a ramp
would look out of place.


Mel

*** Text Begins ***

Dear Ms Spooner,

Thank you for contacting BBC Information regarding your concerns about
Children of Beslan which was broadcast on BBC TWO on 30 August 2005. I was
sorry to learn of your disappointment in not being able to watch the
programme


I have raised your concerns with Fiona Stourton, Executive Producer for
Children of Beslan.

She explained that the decision to subtitle was made by the production team
in consultation with the Controller of BBC TWO. The decision was made, after
much debate, because it was felt that the children's voices should be heard.
Their feelings were expressed as much in the voices as the words.
While we regret that for the visually impaired this was a disappointment, we
felt that to use actors for children who had been through such trauma would
have been inappropriate.


I realise that you may still feel strongly about this matter but hope the
explanation behind this decision is useful. Please be assured that your
comments on this matter have been registered and added to a daily log that
is made available to senior editorial staff and programme makers. Once
again, thank you for taking the time to contact us with the strength of your
concerns.


Yours sincerely

Crispian Cousins
Divisional Advisor
BBC Information


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