The X Factor final is on tomorrow night! Personally, I will slap the next ten Irish people I meet if Eoghan beats Alexanda to the prize.
One thing is for sure. A deaf person won’t be able to rely on the subtitles to find out who has won. This year, the subtitles on the X Factor have been appallingly bad. Every deaf friend I know who has watched it thinks the same. The subtitles often don’t come on screen until around a minute after it’s been spoken. That is if it’s comes on at all.
ITV would probably say that subtitling errors are inevitable on live programmes. Which is fair enough (though this does beg the question over why if it is absolutely necessary the X Factor has to be shown live). But this doesn’t explain why the subtitles on the repeated shows of the X Factor are also rubbish.
Is anyone taking the quality of subtitles seriously at ITV? As far as I know, there is no real time monitoring of subtitles, in the same way as there is of audio or visual quality. If the picture screws up, the programme is interrupted, an apology is given and some muzak is played. If the subtitles screw up, the programme carries on as normal and you’re expected to write in with details of the errors.
I’ve singled out the X Factor just because it’s a programme enjoyed by lots of deaf children I meet. Their viewing needs are just as important as everyone else. Deaf children shouldn’t be the losers on this programme.