Red Bee Media wins access contract with BBC

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Friday, 7 September 2012 13:02pm

Following a tender process, Red Bee Media has won a 7-year contract to provide access services for the BBC, including captioning, audio description and signing. Given the high levels access provided by the UK’s public broadcaster, Red Bee will play an important role globally.

The deal will see the company providing access for more than 60,000 hours of programs between now and July 2019. David Padmore, Red Bee’s Director, Access & Editorial, said in a media release, “Red Bee Media has a long and positive history of working with the BBC and we are delighted to continue our relationship for the next seven years… Red Bee Media is a pioneer in the innovation of access services and we remain committed to investing in and developing new technologies to ensure we continue to provide our clients and their audiences with the very best, industry-leading services.”

Red Bee Media, which is based in the UK, is the largest access provider in Europe, while its Australian division provides captions for Network Ten, the Nine and Seven networks and SBS.

The regulation of media access in the UK is far more comprehensive than in Australia. This has much to do with the quality and quantity of captions, audio description and signing on British TV.

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