Forum on Captioning Local News Programs

1:00 pm EDT
Room TW-C305 (Commission Meeting Room) 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554

This Forum was an educational event that provided an overview of the "electronic newsroom technique," a system that transmits scripted news segments as closed captions, and the implementation of the Commission's requirements for "enhanced ENT" to provide access to news segments that are not scripted. Forum panels discussed implementation challenges, solutions, and stakeholder collaboration.

Public Notice


  • Enhanced ENT Rules Overview: PDF



1:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

  • Patrick Webre, Bureau Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB)
1:05 pm

Overview of the Enhanced ENT Requirements and the Status of the Implementation of the Enhanced ENT Rules

  • Suzy Rosen Singleton, Chief, CGB Disability Rights Office (DRO)
  • Theodore Marcus, Deputy Chief, DRO, CGB
1:45 p.m.

Enhanced ENT Implementation: Industry Challenges and Solutions

  • Moderator: Eliot Greenwald, Deputy Chief, DRO, CGB
  • Panelists:
  • R. Lantz Croft, News Operations Manager, WBRC-TV/Birmingham, AL.
  • Brett Jenkins, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Office, Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
  • Christian Vogler, Director, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
  • Kelly Williams, Senior Director of Engineering and Technology Policy, National Association of Broadcasters
3:00 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Stakeholder Collaboration to Implement Enhanced ENT Best Practices

  • Moderator: Debra Patkin, Attorney Advisor, DRO, CGB
  • Panelist:
  • Zainab Alkebsi, Policy Counsel, National Association of the Deaf
  • Dan Carpenter, Regional Engineering Manager, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Joshua Pila, General Counsel, Local Media, Meredith Corporation
  • Claude Stout, Executive Director, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.
4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks & Adjourn

  • Theodore Marcus, Deputy Chief, DRO, CGB


Debra Patkin, Attorney Advisor, DRO