Bath’s MP, Don Foster, is backing a campaign run by RNID, the charity representing the UK’s 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people, and the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), the national charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people, urging broadcasters to subtitle 100% of their programmes on all television channels.

Don has signed an Early Day Motion calling on broadcasters to follow the lead of the BBC, which has recently reached 100% subtitling of programmes across seven of its main television channels*.

RNID and the NDCS call for an increase in subtitling, an essential service for millions of deaf and hard of hearing adults and children who rely on it to access and enjoy television.

Commenting, Don said:

"I'm very pleased to offer my support to this Parliamentary motion and am delighted that the BBC is now subtitling all its programmes.

"I sincerely hope that other broadcasters will take note of the BBC's example and follow suit."

Jackie Ballard, Chief Executive of RNID, said:

"It is great that Don supports our call for more subtitled programming, and we congratulate the BBC for rising to the challenge and reaching 100% subtitling on its main channels.

"We urge all other broadcasters to rethink their subtitling output, to ensure the five million people that frequently use subtitles are no longer excluded from programmes they enjoy. TV is a window to the world and an increase in subtitling on all channels will allow deaf and hard of hearing people wider access to important news, documentaries, sport and entertainment."