A federal magistrate has refused to dismiss a suit by deaf Californians who want CNN to add closed captions to its video clips on its website, the Chronicle reported today. The suit accuses CNN and its owner, Time Warner, of violating state disability laws by denying full access to more than 100,000 Californians who are functionally deaf. CNN provides closed captions on television, as required by federal law, but doesn’t caption the brief video segments on its website. Magistrate Laurel
CNN is closing its San Francisco bureau and plans to open a Silicon Valley bureau on Feb. 1, according to MediaBistro and media blogger Rich Lieberman. A CNN representative tells MediaBistro that there will be no staffing changes as a result of the move, though the network will not be renewing its office space in the city. The network is also keeping all of its equipment and trucks for use by producers and correspondents.