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The King’s Coronation to be broadcast with live accessible commentary and audio description

The coronation of King Charles will be an occasion to bring the country together. The coronation of King Charles III will be broadcast with live accessible commentary on the red button on BBC1 and live audio description on ITV1 on Saturday 6th of May.

How to watch?


The event will be broadcast live on BBC1 and blind and partially sighted people will be able to join in through a synchronised accessible commentary on the BBC red button or catch up on iPlayer.

This type of accessible commentary is different to audio description. Whilst audio description has traditionally been pre-recorded and mixed into the main audio after filming, this accessible commentary will be transmitted live as the event happens.


The Coronation will be broadcast with live audio description on ITV1. This will be the very first broadcast on UK TV with live audio description so a moment in itself to celebrate. Viewers will be able to switch the audio description on in the usual way by pressing the AD/ audio description button on the remote control.

This is the very first time that a live programme on UK TV will be made accessible for viewers with sight loss. ITV and BBC are using pioneering methods to deliver live AD which could become blueprints for future events and we would love to hear your feedback. Share your comments with us at [email protected]