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BBC election coverage ignored colour-blind: Watchdog

By Laura Harding

Published 29/07/2016

The BBC failed to consider the needs of colour-blind viewers in general election coverage, its watchdog has found
The BBC failed to consider the needs of colour-blind viewers in general election coverage, its watchdog has found

The BBC failed to consider the needs of colour-blind viewers in general election coverage, its watchdog has found.

The BBC Trust upheld a series of complaints about confusing graphics and asked the BBC to review its guidance for people who struggle to see colour.

It concluded the corporation "failed to meet best-practice standards and in so doing it had not considered the needs of a significant minority of its audience at an important time".

Community interest group Colour Blind Awareness complained some of the broadcasts around the 2015 UK general election were a "joke" for two million colour-blind voters.

It said it was hard to distinguish between the maroon and dark green of the Northern Ireland parties, the blue and purple for Conservative and Ukip respectively, the red and orange for Labour and Liberal Democrats respectively and, the orange and yellow for Lib Dem and SNP.

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