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January 2013
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23 January 2013 Fetch TV applies for caption exemptions
Fetch TV, a subscription service which delivers its content over the internet, has applied to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA...
10 January 2013 How to make a submission about caption quality
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has invited public comments on its new draft captioning standard. This is a perfect...
December 2012
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12 December 2012 Top 12 of 12 #8 – the captioning grant
The captioning grant, funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and administered by Media Access...
10 December 2012 Access to social media can save lives
When Hurricane Sandy bore down on the USA’s east coast, people turned to social media such as Twitter for the latest information. Sadly, due to the...
10 December 2012 Top 12 of 12 #6 – changes to the Broadcasting Services Act
An issue close to home for many of our readers is the quality and availability of captions on free-to-air and subscription TV. Good news arrived in...
07 December 2012 Media Access Australia contributes to the NDIS
Media Access Australia will be creating a Providers Accessibility Guide as part of a suite of projects announced by the Australian Government this...
05 December 2012 ACMA releases draft television captioning standard
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a draft of the new standard covering caption quality on free-to-air and...
05 December 2012 Top 12 of 2012 #3 – the National Transition Strategy
The Australian Government should have made significant progress towards making each of its websites accessible in 2012 as a result of the Web...
03 December 2012 Top 12 of 2012 #1 – the audio description trial
As 2012 winds to a close, we take a look at the twelve biggest events impacting on access to media for people with a disability. Possibly the biggest...
November 2012
Date Published News headline and description
27 November 2012 Highlights of the Languages and the Media conference
The Languages and the Media conference was held in Berlin last week. This is the premier access conference in the world and Media Access Australia’s...
22 November 2012 Presentation: Does measuring caption quality really make any difference?
Our CEO, Alex Varley, is presenting at the Languages and the Media Conference in Berlin this week. Below are the slides and summary of his...
22 November 2012 Greens Senators support audio description
Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens spokesperson for communications, and Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for disability, have urged the...
16 November 2012 Join the campaign for caption quality
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is seeking Caption Campaigners who can monitor TV programs and report on poor quality...
15 November 2012 We cover the world’s largest access conference
Hosted in Berlin every two years, the Languages and the Media conference brings together media access experts from around the world. Our CEO, Alex...
06 November 2012 Audio description trial hailed a great success
The trial of audio description on Australian television ended Sunday night on ABC1, with the Australian drama Dangerous Remedy being the last program...
October 2012
Date Published News headline and description
30 October 2012 Feature: Aussie TV finds its voice
As the trial of audio description on ABC1 draws to a close, we met with the talented captioners turned describers tasked with finding a voice fitting...
26 October 2012 Captioning Award winners announced
Last night the Deafness Forum of Australia celebrated the achievements of the media and entertainment industry in providing access to the one in six...
24 October 2012 Call in your feedback on the audio description trial
With the trial of audio description on the ABC coming to a close, Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is hosting a series of teleconferences to gather...
17 October 2012 Send a postcard before 31 October to support audio description on TV
The national campaign to keep audio description on Australian TV is building momentum. Two weeks remain to get involved in the campaign that has seen...
11 October 2012 Amendments to Broadcast Services Act a win for Deaf viewers
The Broadcast Services Act (BSA) has been amended to include increased quotas and quality guarantees for captioning on free-to-air and subscription...

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