Watch: BBC Newswatch item on live subtitles (with live subtitles)

Posted on April 8, 2013

When I saw this (thanks to Twitter’s @Tony_Sutton) I wondered whether television was about to eat itself.

An item on live subtitles, with live subtitles? Mercifully, although the subtitles went awol for a little while (see below), the BBC (or Red Bee Media) must have brought out their subtitling top guns for the item because the subtitles were generally spot on. Could have got a tad embarasssing there.

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The item features an interview with Red Bee Media’s David Padmore about the methods of live subtitling and why mistakes take place.

He also explains why some pre-recorded programmes go out without subtitles, why there are delays in subtitles and responding to being challenged about why more subtitles aren’t provided through stenography.

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Watch the item at this link:

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