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October 2012
Date Published News headline and description
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...
July 2012
Date Published News headline and description
30 July 2012 Audio description hits 20 hours a week in New Zealand
Audio description, which was introduced on New Zealand television in 2011, is now averaging an impressive 20 hours a week on TV1 and TV2. 
23 July 2012 Nine beats FOXTEL in captioned Olympic coverage
The Nine network has confirmed that all of its coverage of the London Olympics, consisting of over 300 hours broadcast on Channel 9 and simulcast in...
20 July 2012 Audio description trial dates announced
The long-awaited trial of audio description on Australian television will commence on 5 August on ABC1, and run for 13 weeks between 5pm and midnight...
17 July 2012 New US access standards for remotes and 3D TVs
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has just released five new standards for electronics equipment manufacturers, including one related to...
16 July 2012 Woolworths refuses to caption its ads
Following an investigation by B&T magazine which found that many major Australian brands are not captioning their TV commercials, Coles has...
04 July 2012 Audio description now mandatory on US television
As of 1 July, audio description is once again mandatory on television in the US, with the top four networks and top five cable TV channels obliged to...
June 2012
Date Published News headline and description
28 June 2012 Captions included on ABC iView app
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has today launched the ABC iView app for iPhone, with caption functionality included.

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