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Photosensitive epilepsy warning at the start. (November 2020)

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DV
DVB Cornwall
Interesting that the lead video of photographers taking flash photographs of Cummings departure prevoked the News team to get the CA at the start of the Six tonight to issue a warning before the programme began.

Pleased to see this at the junction, rather than traditionally before the report's start. A massive improvement for those with the condition.
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RD
RDJ
Most regional idents didn't mention this. The Midlands announcement didn't.
RN
Rolling News
It even said it on the EPG description.
DV
dvboy
There was a warning graphic on the News Channel when it broke earlier, as well as a verbal one from the reporter introducing the footage. *
CA
Castries
He looks rough for 23.
DA
davidhorman
He looks rough for 23.


Only by your puny Earth calendar.

I'm surprised the boffins at the BBC haven't come up with something to mitigate flashes (beyond the blending they do for action films). This was admittedly a much simpler case than some, but still, a few minutes poking around in the edit could have saved all the bother of having to make sure the right graphics were on there and getting the word out to announcers.



Edit: though now I think of it someone would manage to twist even the most innocuous edit into left- or right-wing bias.
Last edited by davidhorman on 13 November 2020 8:27pm - 2 times in total
CA
Castries

I'm surprised the boffins at the BBC haven't come up with something to mitigate flashes (beyond the blending they do for action films).

True, but editing 'news' footage is the start of a slippery slope... am sure the American networks at least have tomes in place to cover when it can be used. It would obviously not slant the news in this case, but if you let one report cut frames...
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Worzel
He looks rough for 23.


Suggest you go and get your eyes tested. I hear Barnard Castle is a good place to go.
RK
Rkolsen
Refreshing to see it. They don’t mention it on the US newscasts but the only instance I can think of was an episode of Hannibal where there were strobe lights used as torture right before it occured.
CO
Cold Open
For anyone who happens to have photosensitivity and is also deaf/hard-of-hearing, the purely verbal warnings issued on BBC News are inadequate. As subtitles on live programmes often lag behind, it may be that the flashing images themselves reach the screen before the subtitle of the presenter's verbal warning does. Which is a fat lot of use.

As photosensitivity is inherently a visual matter, it is logical that a visual warning should be used. ITV News has used a "Flashing Images" warning graphic for ages. I have long been of the opinion that Auntie Beeb's failure to adopt something similar is very poor of them.
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RK
Rkolsen
For anyone who happens to have photosensitivity and is also deaf/hard-of-hearing, the purely verbal warnings issued on BBC News are inadequate. As subtitles on live programmes often lag behind, it may be that the flashing images themselves reach the screen before the subtitle of the presenter's verbal warning does. Which is a fat lot of use.

As photosensitivity is inherently a visual matter, it is logical that a visual warning should be used. ITV News has used a "Flashing Images" warning graphic for ages. I have long been of the opinion that Auntie Beeb's failure to adopt something similar is very poor of them.
y

World News have it a graphic where the Twitter names appear and it flashes. I think they should go the rout and briefly give a time frame with a image showing how man seconds until it ends. I was diagnosed with it. Thankfully I’ve never been photosensitive.
BC
Blake Connolly Founding member
It's happened in the past. When I worked on the EPG desk five or six years ago, there were at least couple of times when News got in touch about flashing images in the headline sequence and the warning was added to the EPG and the announcer's script. Also remember Newsnight adding strong language warnings at least once (think it was quoting a politician or something).

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