Ofcom releases first quarter access report

Thursday, 3 June 2010 14:12pm

Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has released its first quarterly report on the provision of access services on television for 2010 covering the period January – March. As in previous reports, most broadcasters were found to be exceeding their quotas for captioning and audio description.

The exception was 4 Music, which was found to have fallen significantly short of its captioning obligations. Ofcom has recorded that the channel has breached the Code on Television Access Services, and ordered it to make up its 13.8% captioning deficit during the remainder of 2010.

Figures for the main free-to-air channels, including the BBC’s two children’s channels, CBBC and CBeebies, were as follows.

Captioning quota

Captioning achieved

AD quota

AD achieved

Signing quota

Signing achieved

BBC One

100%

99.8%

10%

16.7%

5%

6.3%

BBC Two

100%

100%

10%

12.3%

5%

5.5%

BBC Three

100%

100%

10%

34.6%

5%

5.5%

BBC Four

100%

99.8%

10%

22.3%%

5%

5.5%

CBBC

100%

100%

10%

26.7%

5%

7.2%

CBeebies

100%

99.9%

10%

13.2%

5%

5.5%

BBC News 24

100%

99.8%

Exempt

5%

5.5%

ITV1 (excl GMTV)

90%

98.2%

10%

19.5%

5%

6%

GMTV1

90%

96.5%

10%

48.2%

5.1%

5.1%

Channel 4

90%

93.9%

10%

13.4%

5%

5.7%

Five

80%

99.1%

10%

20.3%

5%

9%

S4C

80%

91.5%

10%

11.6%

5%

4.7%

The report is part of Ofcom’s ongoing monitoring of accessible television in the United Kingdom.

 


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