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Ofcom releases television access scorecard

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UK regulator Ofcom has released its first report for 2012 on the levels of access services, including captions, audio description and signing, showing that most broadcasters are continuing to exceed the required quotas.

The report, Television Access Services: Report for the first six months of 2012, has shown that many channels are significantly exceeding both the captioning (called subtitling in the UK) and audio description (AD) quotas, including on free-to-air channels, such as ITV and BBC, movies and sports channels.


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UK TV services continue to exceed access requirements

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Ofcom, the UK media and communications regulator, has published data on access services provided on television in the first half of 2011, revealing the vast majority of services have exceeded their legal obligations, particularly for captioning and audio description.

The Television Access Services: Report of the first six months of 2011 revealed that 11 channels provided captions on more than 99% of programming and 35 channels at least doubled the minimum requirement of providing audio description on 10% of programming. All channels with sign language obligations met the minimum requirements.

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Ofcom proposes expanded UK telephone relay service

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Ofcom, the UK’s media and communications regulator, has released a Review of Relay Services, proposing a number of expansions to the current telephone relay service for people who are Deaf, hearing impaired or speech impaired.

Having completed substantial research in the area, the UK Review of Relay Services proposes:


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Ofcom releases report on access to EPGs

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Ofcom, the British media and communications regulator, has released a report into the accessibility of Electronic Program Guides (EPGs).

Under British communications law, EPG providers must produce annual statements of the steps they have taken and plan to take to facilitate the use of EPGs by people with disabilities.


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