Love Island slammed as ITV fail to offer audio description for visually impaired viewers



A visually impaired Love Island fan has complained over ITV’s failure to include audio description on the show – despite featuring a contestant with sight loss.

Lynette Proctor, 34, who owns a guide dog called Dubs, loves the series but says her enjoyment would be far greater if she did not miss so much of what was happening on screen, especially the scenes involving Ron Hall, 25.

Ron, who lost the sight in his right eye while playing football aged eight, was left gutted at the weekend when Lana Jenkins coupled up with Casey O’Gorman instead of him.

Lynette, a marketing officer for Guide Dogs, says she was “delighted” to hear Ron was cast.

She said: “Of all the years to add audio description, this would be the one to do it. Who knows what I could be missing?”

Lynnete Proctor
Lynette criticised the lack of audio description on the show ( DAILY MIRROR)
Ron Hall
Ron lost sight in his right eye when he was eight ( Vincent Dolman/REX/Shutterstock)

A spokesman for Guide Dogs said: “We were so pleased to see Ron Hall in this year’s line-up, but what about the people who are blind and partially sighted who want to watch him on the show?”

An ITV spokesman said: “We don’t receive a finished version until after transmission – and although we can provide subtitles live, we don’t yet have that technical capability for audio description.”

They added that ITV did now provide audio descriptions for all new dramas along with soaps and pre-recorded shows.

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