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For Immediate Release
April 12, 2002

NEW ENGLAND CABLE NEWS INTRODUCES REAL-TIME CLOSED CAPTIONING ON NIGHTLY 9PM NEWSCAST

Media Access Group at WGBH Provides Captioning Services
BOSTON, MA Beginning on Monday, April 15, 2002, regional cable broadcaster New England Cable News (NECN) will provide real-time closed captioning for viewers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing during its nightly broadcast of THE NEWS AT 9. The Media Access Group at WGBH will provide captioning services for these broadcasts with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

According to Philip S. Balboni, president and founder of NECN, "Because THE NEWS AT 9 is the only 9pm television newscast in New England, we are especially eager to make this unique news program accessible to our many viewers with hearing disabilities." Lori Kay, director of the Media Access Group's services division adds: "We're pleased to be working with Phil Balboni and NECN on this project. Years ago, he was instrumental in bringing captioned local news to the Boston market. It's wonderful that TV viewers in greater New England will now have more access and more choice when they sit down to watch the news." Co-anchored on weekdays by Boston-area news veteran R.D. Sahl and Amanda Rosseter, and on weekends by Tom Ellis, THE NEWS AT 9 airs every night from 9-10pm on NECN.

Headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts, New England Cable News is the largest regional news network in the US, serving 2.8 million cable households in 734 communities throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont. NECN also is New England's only 24-hour regional news and information network÷ providing comprehensive news coverage from New England and around the world. For more information about NECN or THE NEWS AT 9, visit www.necn.com.

The Media Access Group at WGBH is a non-profit service with offices in Boston, Los Angeles and New York. The Group includes The Caption Center÷ the world's first captioning agency÷ which has made audiovisual media accessible to audiences who are deaf or hard-of-hearing since 1972, and Descriptive Video Service®, which has made television, film and video more enjoyable to audiences who are blind or visually impaired since 1990. The third branch of the Media Access Group, the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media, is a research, development and advocacy entity that works to make existing and emerging technologies accessible to all audiences. Members of the Groupâs collective staff represent the leading resources and experts in their fields. For more information about access services, visit the Media Access Group Web site at http://access.wgbh.org or call 617 300-3600 (voice and TTY).

Press contact:
Mary Watkins
Media Access Group at WGBH
(617) 300-3700
(617) 300-2489 TTY
mary_watkins@wgbh.org


















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