Iowa PBS to offer Spanish language safety information amidst COVID-19 pandemic

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Spanish-speaking Iowans will now be able to access live translations of important information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa PBS is offering second audio program (SAP) services in Spanish for its coverage of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ weekday COVID-19 press conferences and Iowa Press Special: Coronavirus episodes.

The Spanish translations of these programs will be available as they broadcast live on Iowa PBS through SAP. Viewers can also stream the Spanish versions of the programs and press conferences later with dubbed audio on-demand on iowapbs.org and YouTube, and Iowa Press specials will be available on the PBS Video App.

Iowa PBS was moved to provide Spanish language information to better serve Iowa’s Spanish-speaking community. Producers were alerted to the need by online viewers commenting during Gov. Reynolds’ live news conferences and a question from the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs. As Iowa’s only statewide television network, Iowa PBS includes public safety as a priority in its public service mission.

“We are proud to offer this vital service to Iowa’s Spanish-speaking communities to help keep everyone up-to-date on fast changing health and safety information,” said Iowa PBS Executive Director and General Manager Molly Phillips. “We were happy to work with the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs to work quickly and diligently to address this public safety concern and better fulfill our mission — to educate, inform, enrich and inspire all Iowans.”

As Gov. Reynolds continues to provide updates on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa PBS will offer Spanish translations of her addresses available on air and online. The news conferences are broadcast on Iowa PBS WORLD .3 at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, and livestreamed on iowapbs.org, YouTube and Facebook. Broadcast viewers will be able to access Spanish audio via the SAP service. The press conferences will be available to stream with Spanish audio on-demand on iowapbs.org and YouTube.

Spanish translations will also be available for Iowa Press Special: Coronavirus via SAP. Episodes with Spanish audio and subtitles will be available on-demand on iowapbs.org and YouTube. Iowa Press Special: Coronavirus features a panel of experts discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Iowa and answering viewer questions. The programs air weekly on statewide Iowa PBS .1 Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

Spanish-speaking Iowans interested in submitting questions for the Iowa Press Special: Coronavirus panelists will be able to do so in Spanish via email and social media. The questions will then be translated into English and shared with the experts each week.

Viewers in need of additional assistance accessing the SAP feature on their televisions may find the following instructions, also available in Spanish on iowapbs.org/espanol, helpful:

When programs have an audio track featuring Spanish translation, Iowa PBS carries that audio on the Second Audio Program (SAP). The SAP is controlled in a variety of ways depending on your set and how you receive your television. For viewers using an antenna or cable without a set top box, the SAP controls are often located in the audio menu and could be designated as SAP, MTS, audio B or audio 2. If the second audio is the desired source, make sure it's turned on. Some televisions provide an MTS, SAP or AUDIO button on the supplied remote control. Viewers who use a set-top box, Digital Video Recorder (DVR), satellite receiver, or other video source need to select other languages from the menu of these devices. 

A Spanish version of this press release can be found at iowapbs.org/espanol.