We’re proud to be working with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to bring the deaf community weekly news in British Sign Language.
In a 5-week trial, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire will be providing the news content and our presenters will bring you the top news each week from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough translated into British Sign Language.
Today sees the first edition which includes news about Cambridge’s new railway station, a drugs bust in Peterborough and a man from Sawtry who wants to ban cats from the village.
Andy Palmer, Managing Director of Cambridgeshire Deaf Association said: “Many people will be used to seeing the national news translated into BSL on the News Channel each morning and lunch time – but what about local news?
“I’m delighted that we’re working with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to produce weekly news in British Sign Language and thrilled that for the first time we’re able to put a programme out like this and make local news accessible to the sign language community.”
“This is trial so we will be looking to see what people think and make a decision on what happens next after a few weeks.”
The first edition was filmed at Allia Future Business Centre with the kind permission of the management there. Nationally respected BSL expert translator Daryl Jackson joined the presenting team of Tara Forkin and Sarah Evagora on location and provided expert support.
Keep an eye on our social media and website for the edition next Saturday.