Television Stations Asked to Add Subtitles to TV Programs
State-run television stations above city level are being encouraged by the Central government to add subtitles with their programs. The adding of subtitles is part of a set of regulations from the General Office of the State Council that aims in creating a barrier free environment for people with hearing disabilities. The regulation is to take effect in August.
A professor for the School of Labor Economics praised the regulation saying that the Council is showing awareness of the need to assist and care for people with disabilities. One researcher from the John F. Kennedy School of Government who is an expert in communications said that is already becoming a global practice of providing subtitles along with TV programs for the convenience of viewers.
Countries such as the United States and the UK have TV remote controls with buttons that control subtitles in which the viewers can choose to turn the subtitles on or off. Providing subtitles can increase the accuracy of some programs, since China has various dialects and sometimes speakers talk in colloquial styles that easily cause misunderstandings. Having subtitles will make it easier for the audiences to understand accurately.