International policy and legislation

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Ofcom extends access requirements to programs made for Europe

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The British communications regulator, Ofcom, has decided to extend the access requirements it places on UK broadcasters to channels providing services to other countries in Europe.

The access requirements will be the same as those applied to domestic broadcasters. They consist of quotas which, after ten years, rise to 80% for captioning, 10% for audio description and 5% for signing. Ofcom may decide to reduce these quotas for channels where the access services would cost more than 1% of their relevant turnover.


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Top 12 of 2012 #12 – US regulator takes the lead on online captioning

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The USA has seen a number of developments this year which will increase the availability of captions online. With the world’s most popular content coming out of Hollywood, these changes have significant international implications.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that from September 30, all television networks must provide captions for the content they put online. This only applies to content that was originally broadcast on TV, as required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.


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Highlights of the Languages and the Media conference

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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 CEO, Alex Varley, provides his personal top 5 trends and highlights set to make a difference to the world of access.

1. Audio description is now a major topic


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We cover the world’s largest access conference

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Hosted in Berlin every two years, the Languages and the Media conference brings together media access experts from around the world. Our CEO, Alex Varley will be presenting at the conference and keeping Media Access Australia’s audience up-to-date as the action unfolds on November 22-23 via the website and Twitter.

What is the conference about?


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