Bernd Benecke

Bernd Benecke is the head of Audio-Description at Bayerischer Rundfunk – on of the main producers of Audio-Description in Germany. BR delivers AD for German Public TV and DVDs and also for some cinema presentations.

Bernd Benecke started with Audio Description in 1989 when the first movie was described in Germany. He worked as an Audio Description author and narrator for movie distributors, different TV-stations and since 1997 for Bayerischer Rundfunk, where he built up the AD department. Today he mainly trains the authors, revises Audio Descriptions and directs the narrating and sound mixing process. He is one of the authors of the German Audio Description guidelines and headed workshops in countries around the world (Germany, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, South Africa). Bernd holds a PhD in Translation Studies, an English summary of his dissertation on "Audio Description as partial translation" is available through his home page: www.benecke.info