CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 02, 1979
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(NYC) PBS station WGBH in Boston noted as providing captioned newscasts for past 8 years Department of Health, Education and Welfare stated to be source of funds. Programs presently captioned noted limited primarily to PBS shows; hearing-impaired desire for more network programs reported Scenes from "One Day at a Time" shown. Opposition to captions by majority of audience stated. [Institution for the Deaf spokesperson Barry CRONIN - comments.] Vertical blanking decoder said to be device which could remedy situation; details given. Problems created by system listed. ABC, CBS, NBC responses stated. BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) film shown re: alternative system, SEEFAX; details given. Govt. pressure for networks to fund PBS system noted. Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano noted to delay announcement of closed-caption programming.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin
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