CBS's PRIMETIME STEVIE WONDER SPECIAL TO BE BROADCAST WITH VIDEO DESCRIPTION FOR BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED AUDIENCES
Two-Hour Entertainment Special to Feature Some of the Biggest Names in Music Today
Performing Iconic Songs by the 25-Time GRAMMY(R) Award Winner
CBS announced today that the Network's Stevie Wonder primetime special will be broadcast with video description, making it accessible to blind and visually impaired audiences. STEVIE WONDER: SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE - AN ALL-STAR GRAMMY SALUTE, a primetime entertainment special celebrating the iconic songbook and remarkable legacy of the 25-time GRAMMY Award winner, will be broadcast Monday, Feb. 16 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The two-hour special will be presented by The Recording Academy(R), AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS.
Video description is the insertion of audio narrated descriptions of a television program's key visual elements into natural pauses in the program's dialogue, which makes video programming more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
CBS has provided video description for almost 13 consecutive years. In April 2002, the Network began providing video description for an average of 50 hours of programming per calendar quarter, or about four hours per week. Then, for almost a 10-year period (October 2002 to January 2012), before FCC regulations were reinstated, CBS provided the service on a voluntary basis. Since the FCC reinstated the video description regulations in 2012, CBS has voluntarily increased video-described programming to an average of seven-and-a-half hours of video-described programs per week, 87.5% ahead of what's required by the FCC's regulations.
Currently, FCC rules require local TV station affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC located in the top 25 TV markets to provide 50 hours per calendar quarter (about four hours per week) of video-described primetime and/or children's programming. Local TV stations in markets smaller than the top 25 also may provide video description. Check with your local TV stations.
In 2011, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) honored CBS with the AFB Access Award for making television accessible to blind and visually impaired audiences through video description. CBS received AFB's highest honor in 2012 when awarded with the AFB's Helen Keller Achievement Award for the Network's unwavering commitment to video description.
CBS makes video description available on the secondary audio program (SAP) channel for selected programs. Where available, video description can be activated by choosing the SAP option on home equipment set-up menus or remote controls (set-top boxes, televisions, etc.). The service can also sometimes be found under the set-top box or TV audio language menu options as "Spanish." Consumers can consult their equipment manuals or can contact their cable, satellite or fiber television service providers or equipment manufacturer for details on how to activate this feature on their specific equipment.
During the 2014-2015 season, CBS broadcasts the following primetime programs with Video Description for the Visually Impaired:
CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
NCIS: LOS ANGELES
THE BIG BANG THEORY
THE CBS DREAM TEAM, IT'S EPIC! FCC Educational/Informational Compliant Programming:
DR. CHRIS PET VET
THE HENRY FORD'S INNOVATION NATION
ALL IN WITH LAILA ALI
GAME CHANGERS WITH KEVIN FRAZIER
Advisories are provided for any additional programming which is being made available with video description (i.e., specials) as soon as they are confirmed.
The current CBS video description program schedule is also always available at http://www.cbs.com/schedule/video-description/.
STEVIE WONDER: SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE - AN ALL-STAR GRAMMY SALUTE is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer.
About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards - the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music - The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube.