Trial of new subtitling service in Scottish Parliament

A new service aimed at making First Minister’s Questions (FMQs) more accessible has been developed and is now available on the Scottish Parliament’s You Tube channel.


Subtitles are now available on the video archive of FMQs footage, the same afternoon it is broadcast, improving accessibility and allowing a wider audience to watch questions being put to the First Minister. The service will run for an initial trial period until the end of December 2013, it will be available after First Ministers Question Time and will usually be accessible by 4.30 pm.


The new service is the latest addition to the range of services available to those wishing to engage in Parliamentary business. These include providing information about the Scottish Parliament and its work in a range of different formats including Braille, audio, large print and British Sign Language. In addition, where visitors are attending parliamentary business or going on a guided tour, communication support is available, if booked in advance through Visitor Services.


Speaking about the new service, Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body member, David Stewart MSP, said, “Openness and accessibility have always been at the heart of the work of the Scottish Parliament. I am delighted to announce that we will be trialling this new service as a way of bringing First Minister’s Question Time to as wide an audience as possible. Being able to see subtitled archived coverage so quickly is a significant step forward”.


For more information please contact the Scottish Parliament Equalities Manager, Aneela McKenna .

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