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November 2012
Date Published News headline and description
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
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...
25 October 2012 Audio description comes to New Zealand subscription TV
The audio description service which has been provided on the free-to-air channels TV One and TV2 since 2011 will now be available to people who watch...
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...
03 October 2012 Campaign for equal access to ABC TV kicks off today
Australian blindness and consumer organisations have today launched a national campaign to promote the importance of audio description currently...
02 October 2012 SBS adds captions to catch-up TV
Captions are now available for all non-live programs on SBS’s On Demand service. This makes it the second Australian ‘catch-up TV’ service to have...
September 2012
Date Published News headline and description
27 September 2012 Ofcom releases television access scorecard
UK regulator Ofcom has released its first report for 2012 on the levels of access services, including captions, audio description and signing,...
07 September 2012 Red Bee Media wins access contract with BBC
Following a tender process, Red Bee Media has won a 7-year contract to provide access services for the BBC, including captioning, audio description...
06 September 2012 First Australian TV programs audio described tonight
For the first time in Australian television history, locally produced programs will be broadcast with audio description. With Rake chronicling the...
03 September 2012 Captioning Awards 2012 nominations open
Entries are now open for the 2012 Deafness Forum of Australia Captioning Awards which recognise the contributions and achievements made towards...
August 2012
Date Published News headline and description
31 August 2012 Race against the clock: the challenges of captioning live sport
Special feature: With the Paralympics gripping the nation’s attention, Media Access Australia’s Eliza Cussen takes a look at the work going on behind...
27 August 2012 Closed captions required for online TV in USA
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced a September 30 deadline for TV networks and online video providers to include closed...
24 August 2012 Paralympics audio described on UK TV
The Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games will be audio described on British television after campaigning by the Royal National Institute of Blind...
06 August 2012 Eyes-free viewing: Australia’s first audio described TV
Australia’s first audio described TV was switched on on Sunday evening, as the ABC commenced its technical trial. Audio description (AD) is a...
01 August 2012 First audio described programs announced
The long-awaited trial of audio description commences on ABC1 on Sunday, 5 August, with the first programs to be described including Grand Designs...

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