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May 14, 2002

CBS Television Introduces Description On Two Series For Viewers Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired

Media Access Group at WGBH Provides Description Services
BOSTON, MA - Beginning the week of May 20, 2002, CBS Television will introduce video description for viewers with visual impairments on two of its popular, prime-time drama series - CSI: Crime Scene Investigationand JAG. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will premiere with description on Thursday, May 23 at both 8pm (bonus broadcast) and 9pm ET, while JAG will premiere with description on Friday, May 24 at 8pm ET.

The described programming will be available on all CBS-owned television stations and CBS Television network affiliates in the 25 largest US television markets. The Media Access Group at WGBH will provide description services for these series, and funding for the description is provided by CBS and the US Department of Education.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: This slick crime drama - which normally airs on Thursdays at 9pm ET on CBS - focuses on "crime scene investigation," the specialty of the forensic team in the Las Vegas Police Department's Criminalistics Bureau. William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger and Jorja Fox star.

JAG: This military crime drama - which normally airs on Tuesdays at 8pm ET on CBS - looks at the cases tried by Judge Advocate General (JAG) attorneys, featuring their activities both in the courtroom and out in the field. David James Elliott, Catherine Bell and John M. Jackson star.

Descriptive Video Service® (DVS®) is a service that provides descriptive narration of key visual elements - making television programs, feature films, home videos and other visual media accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Key visual elements are those that such viewers would ordinarily miss, such as actions, costumes, gestures, facial expressions, scene changes and on-screen text. Inserted within the natural pauses in dialogue, audio descriptions of important visual details help to engage viewers who are visually impaired with the story.

Viewers can access description on their stereo-equipped televisions or VCRs through the Second Audio Program or SAP channel. Stand-alone SAP receivers also are available (these can be used with or without a television). Most TVs and VCRs purchased since 1992 are equipped with the SAP feature. To hear the narrated visual descriptions through a stereo TV or VCR, simply activate its SAP feature.

The Media Access Group at WGBH is a non-profit service with offices in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York. The Group includes Descriptive Video Service, which has made television, film and video more enjoyable to audiences who are blind or visually impaired since 1990, and 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. The third branch of the Media Access Group, the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), 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 resources and experts in their fields. For more information about access services, visit the Media Access Group Web site at 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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