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For immediate release
October 11, 2002

The Media Access Group at WGBH Receives Three Grants From US Department of Education

Funding Will Provide TV Captioning and Video Description
BOSTON, MA - The Media Access Group has been awarded three cooperative agreements from the US Department of Education to provide captioning and video description services for a range of national and local news, and children's, programs. Combined, the three grants will provide the Media Access Group with $3.4 million in funding over the next three years.

According to Lori Kay, Director of Services for the Media Access Group, "In keeping with the Media Access Group's mission to serve the entire deaf and hard-of-hearing community, the national and local news grants will enable us to appeal to the diverse interests and program choices of many different viewers through a selection of news national programming - business news, political programs, and the human interest and hard news provided by daily, national news broadcasts." She goes on to say, "In the case of the children's programming, we're thrilled that the Department of Education is helping us to make these educational programs accessible to children with both hearing and vision disabilities."

The Closed-captioned National News and Public Information Grant (# H327L020005) will provide continued captioning of news programs and emergency coverage on both CBS and PBS. The CBS news and public affairs programming to receive continued captioning under the National News Grant includes CBS EVENING NEWS (Monday-Sunday), FACE THE NATION, 48 HOURS, 60 MINUTES II, and all news and public information specials. The PBS programming to receive continued captioning service includes THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER (including Special Reports) and NOW WITH BILL MOYERS, as well as MORNING BUSINESS REPORT, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, and all news and information specials. Captioning services are provided by The Caption Center - a division of the Media Access Group at WGBH.

The Closed-captioned Local News and Public Information Grant (# H327L020008) will enable the Media Access Group to continue captioning of NEWS AT 9 (Monday-Sunday) on Boston-based cable station New England Cable News (NECN), LA PLAZA and BASIC BLACK on Boston public broadcaster WGBH. The Local News Grant also will fund emergency coverage, and news and public information specials for each of the broadcasters. "These three local shows are important to Boston-area audiences, and we are pleased to be able to make them accessible to the entire community," says Kay.

The Accessible Children's Television Program Grant (# H327L020043) will provide both closed captioning and video description of children's programming that airs on Nickelodeon and PBS - providing full access for young viewers nationwide that have hearing and/or visual impairments. The funding will provide captioning and description of the Nickelodeon series ALL GROWED UP, JIMMY NEUTRON, RUGRATS and SCHOOL DAZE, as well as the PBS kids' series ANGELINA BALLERINA and BARNEY AND FRIENDS.

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 Group's collective staff represent the leading 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 Contacts:
Mary Watkins
Media Access Group at WGBH
(617) 300-3700
(617) 300-2489 TTY
mary_watkins@wgbh.org


















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