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Metro Nashville Network Expands Closed Captioning of Government Meetings

7/1/2015

School board and other meetings' broadcasts now will have captions

An increase in the operating budget for Metro Information Technology Services will allow Metro Nashville Network (MNN), the city's government access TV channel, to provide closed captioning for 11 regular public meetings in the new fiscal year, a significant increase from the four meetings that have been closed captioned for many years.

Starting today, the following seven meetings will be closed captioned: the Board of Education; Metro Council committees that meet in the council chamber; the Civil Service Commission; the Employee Benefit Board; the Sports Authority; the Traffic and Parking Commission, and the Transportation Licensing Commission.

MNN also will be able to provide closed captioning for the mayor's annual State of Metro address; the mayor's budget hearings and the administration's budget presentation to the council; most of the council's Budget & Finance Committee meetings, and First Tuesday at Metro Archives.

Councilmember Sheri Weiner, a doctor of audiology, proposed a $20,300 amendment to the Metro budget to increase support for citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing, and the council agreed.

“Making the activities of the Metropolitan Government accessible to our citizens is a priority for our department and is the reason Metro Nashville Network exists,” said Keith Durbin, Metro's Chief Information Officer and director of the Information Technology Services Department. “Adding closed captioning to these additional meetings makes them available to an important audience and facilitates their participation.”

Closed captioning has been available for years on broadcasts of meetings of the Metro Council, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Planning Commission and the Historic Zoning Commission.

MNN is provided to subscribers to Comcast and AT&T cable services. MNN is also available via live streaming at watch.nashville.gov and on Metro Nashville's YouTube Channel.

For more information, contact Keith Durbin at (615) 862-6318 or keith.durbin@nashville.gov.