A consortium of Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) including The National Federation of the Blind UK (NFBUK) and Disability Rights UK is calling on the BBC to keep its Red Button Teletext service which is set to be withdrawn at the end of January 2020.
The Red Button service has largely been replaced in popular use by internet services, but for visually impaired, D/deaf, disabled, older people and other hard to reach social groups, many of whom do not have internet access, it is a vital service.
The consortium is concerned that withdrawal of the service will leave many people who are already vulnerable further isolated and marginalised from society. It has fears that the BBC may not be meeting its obligations set out in the Royal Charter for public broadcast if the Red Button Teletext service is withdrawn.
To read what Disability Rights UK has to say click here: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/january/dpo-consortium-calls-bbc-not-push-red-button-service
SDN asks: Will the loss of the Red Button on BBC affect you? If it it does not affect you, but will affect someone you know why not leave us a comment or complete this form https://shropshire-disability.net/contact/ and we will forward your comments to Disability Rights UK
Update: Due to the concerns raised by many elderly people, people with disabilities, it has been decided to review whether to remove the red button or not. A decision will be made in Spring 2020.