Thursday, October 9, 2014

TV captioning facts

  • TV stations and cable and satellite operators have been required to have closed-captioning since 1998.
  • Stations much provide 1350 hours of captioned programming each quarter. That works out to about 16 hours a day.
  • Captioning pre-recorded shows runs between $400 and $1000 per half-hour. Live programming can cost 5 times that amount.
  • There are only about 400 people nationwide work as broadcast captioners.
  • It’s a projected that 1,000 to 3,000 more captioners will be needed in the next few years
  • Captioners earn about $50 to $75 an hour.