CNN: Caption News NOW! It’s the Law!

This is an open letter to CNN.

You start to caption your online news NOW!

No stalling.
No more excuses.
No more denying us access to your videos online.

Yesterday, The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act is now the law of the land. Signed by President Barack Obama on Friday, October 8, 2010.

Today is Saturday, October 9, 2010… I checked your website. Nothing is captioned.

CNN, Just do it! Do it now!

I wrote previous blog entries about CNN:

CNN: Captioned News Not published on February 9, 2010.

CNN in 1991, and Today… published on December 7, 2009.

First Captioned Online Advertisement on published on December 7, 2009.

Amy Cohen Efron

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You go, girl! CNN is disappointingly insensitive and excessively bottom-line oriented when it comes to the d/D/HH sector of the population. Its great number of stored online videos is so devoid of captions that I click away every time one comes up on the screen. Every time! It is rare that a national website receives such consistent rejection from me.

A new day is coming when more and more online videos are captioned and a large amount of information finally becomes accessible.

You made an error. You meant to say FoxNews.


After the President’s signature, I believe the law will go into effect on a certain date, like Jan. 1, 2011, or something like that. It does not begin NOW.

Actually, they should have started that years ago.


It will take up to one year for the commission to write different regulations as required by the law. So, CNN can wait until the last moment when the regulations are released. In other words, it does not have to be now that the media industry must provide closed captioning.

Joseph Pietro Riolo

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Come to think of it, CNN, and other TV programing may skirt this law, by having two separate shows. One for TV, and will not show on Web, then, the other programs that are specifically for Web only. That could very well include, editing portions from TV, which will be made for Web programming.

Your thoughts on that?


Yay for this new law but we still have to wait a while longer as this law must be promulgated and until after the FCC writes in all of the rules and regulations surrounding this.

*chuckle* Of course, you’d post this immediately! I love you so much, Amy Cohen Efron! 🙂

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Real shame on the CNN for ignoring the deaf viewers.

Same thing with the CBS-TV for not captioning their shows on or its own webcast!

Many individuals pointed out the law always begin with effective date, etc. 🙂


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