Ai-Media wins captioning contract for ‘BBC Worldwide ANZ’

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Thursday, 4 August 2016 10:28am

Ai-Media has been given a contract renewal to provide broadcast captioning for BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) for a further three years. In the deal, they will continue to supply captioning for BBC First, UKTV, BBC Knowledge and CBeebies on broadcast platforms across both territories.

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Ai-Media is an Australian-owned for-profit social enterprise with offices in the UK and US, that provides high quality speech-to-text solutions for broadcast, government and education clients. Ai-Media CEO, Tony Abrahams, said of their organisation’s contract win, “we’re proud to support BBC Worldwide ANZ by delivering the captioning for their great British content.”

The COO for BBC Worldwide ANZ, Fiona Lang, said that “captioning is a vital service for many of our viewers and we are delighted to extend our partnership with Ai-Media, who will deliver the highest quality captioning across a range of programming on our channels.”

This latest development solidifies the trend over recent years of TV channels in the UK wholeheartedly embracing captioning and UK TV continues to deliver access at much higher levels than the regulated quotas. And in a welcome new development from the UK, the BBC has begun trialling subtitles for live channels on their iPlayer platform. Unfortunately, the landscape in Australia and New Zealand is not quite so rosy, with a lot of room for improvement.

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