Bernd Benecke is the head of Audio-Description at Bayerischer Rundfunk – the only broadcaster in Germany with an Audio-Description Editor. BR is one of the main producers of AD for German TV, DVDs and cinema.
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 (Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Brazil).
In April 2013 he defended his PhD on AD and Translation at Saarland University, Germany. Publication of "Audio-Description as partial translation. Model and Method" (in German) is expected for Novemer 2013 (publisher: LIT-Verlag, Münster/Berlin)