Take care with your captioning …

About time there was something fun on these pages, eh?

If you are involved with closed captioning for deaf users, you might take note of this page: Captioning
glitch on national TV news program transforms an "enlarged prostate" into something considerably more exciting

"We initially refused to believe an alert ABC News fan who told us that the closed captions for the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday feed of Peter Jennings’s "World News Tonight" informed viewers that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was ‘in the hospital for an enlarged prostitute.’

But yesterday a network spokeswoman confirmed the wording — provided by ABC’s Pennsylvania-based closed-captioning contractor. Apparently the typist hit the wrong key, or keys. The glitch was fixed for the 7 p.m. feed.

‘We strive for perfection,’ ABC’s Cathie Levine told us, ‘but when you’re typing that fast, there are occasional mistakes. We regret the error.’

Greenspan was home recovering yesterday from prostate surgery, said his wife, NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell. As for that ‘enlarged prostitute,’ Mitchell told us: ‘He should be so lucky.’"

Filed under: Accessibility
Posted by Ian on Wednesday, April 30, 2003

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