This is National Epilepsy Week (18 - 24 May) and seeing various news items reminded me of an issue that arose during the recent Eurovision Song Contest.

Countless times during the broadcast a warning appeared on screen to alert viewers that there would be flashing lights during the next performance. You will no doubt be familiar with such warnings, which are for the benefit of people with photosensitive epilepsy.

The question I would ask is why such warnings are still so frequent. In February 2005, the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) published ‘Guidance for the reduction of photosensitive epileptic seizures caused by television’

http://www.itu.int/rec/R-REC-BT.1702/en

These state ‘it is useful to identify measures to help avoid the inadvertent creation of material for transmission on broadcast television that would be likely to induce photosensitive epileptic seizures’.

Come on, broadcasters, stop excluding the 3% of people who have this form of epilepsy!