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Senate committee reports on proposed captioning changes

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The Senate committee which reviewed the Government’s proposed amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act, including changes to the captioning provisions, has issued its report. It has supported all but one of the proposed changes, including an end to the requirement that free-to-air networks need to make annual captioning compliance reports. The only amendment it has rejected is the cancellation of a scheduled review by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), although it recommends this be delayed by three years.

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Irish regulator announces new TV access targets

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The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced new targets for captioning, audio description and signing on television for 2015-2018.

BAI: Údarás Craolacháin na hÉireann | Broadcasting Authority of Ireland logo


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Red Bee Media conducts online caption survey

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The access company Red Bee Media Australia, which provides the captions for the Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules, is seeking feedback from caption viewers on the positioning of closed caption text for this program.

My Kitchen Rules 2015 contestants Sheri & Emilie with the caption: 'No hearing in my left ear and I wear a hearing aid in my right.'


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Don’t make consumers the TV access police

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Media Access Australia is concerned that the proposed approach to reforming captioning regulation is going too far in shifting responsibility towards consumers.

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Red Bee Media asks for feedback from caption users

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The major captioning provider Red Bee Media Australia is seeking feedback about the positioning of captions on the popular Seven Network program My Kitchen Rules, and will be hosting a focus group at Docklands, Melbourne, on Friday, 30 January.

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My Kitchen Rules features a great deal of text on screen as well as other important visual information. Red Bee wants to show people a few options for the positioning of captions, so they can choose what they like the best.


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ACMA posts preliminary caption exemptions

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has commenced posting this year’s round of draft exemption and target reduction orders, which exempt channels from having to meet normal captioning requirements for a year or more.

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Accessible Christmas gift ideas for 2014

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Looking for that special something for that special someone—a Christmas present that is both accessible and awesome? Look no further than Media Access Australia’s guide on accessible Christmas gift ideas for 2014.

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iTunes $30, $20 and $50 gift cards


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TV & Video highlights of 2014: Captions on Plus7

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In April, the Seven Network’s Plus7 became the first commercial TV catch-up service in Australia to provide closed captions on its major programs.

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AMI launches audio described French-language channel

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The Canadian accessibility company Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has launched AMI-télé, the world's first French-language channel to present its entire schedule with open audio description.

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According to AMI, the service, primarily intended for the blind or partially sighted, will provide general content in French via satellite and cable companies to their subscribers.


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UK regulator issues latest video on demand accessibility report

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The Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) has released its 2014 report on the provision of access on video on demand (VOD) services in the UK. This shows that there have been improvements in the provision of captioning (and to a lesser extent audio description), but there remains much work to be done.

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