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December 2014
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18 December 2014 TV & Video highlights of 2014: Captions on Plus7
In April, the Seven Network’s Plus7 became the first commercial TV catch-up service in Australia to provide closed captions on its major programs.
18 December 2014 AMI launches audio described French-language channel
The Canadian accessibility company Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has launched AMI-télé, the world's first French-language channel to present its entire...
16 December 2014 Senate caption inquiry posts submissions
Submissions to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications which is reviewing proposed changes to captioning regulations have now...
November 2014
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18 November 2014 US cable company introduces talking TV guides
Comcast, one of the largest cable TV suppliers in America, has introduced the industry’s first ‘voice enabled television interface’, allowing blind...
11 November 2014 Discovery Kids on Foxtel – learning and access all in one
Engaging educational TV that is 100% captioned is a boon for students with diverse learning needs. Discovery Kids on FOXTEL, launched last week,...
05 November 2014 Government postpones changes to captioning regulations
After lobbying from consumer groups, the Government has referred to a Senate committee a bill which would change captioning requirements for...
October 2014
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22 October 2014 Government proposes to end caption reporting by free-to-air broadcasters
A bill was today introduced into the House of Representatives by the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, which would remove the...
20 October 2014 The New Zealand Captioning Awards
Individuals and organisations which have contributed to the advancement of captioning will be honoured at the New Zealand Captioning Awards, to be...
07 October 2014 Repealing captioning red tape: Captioning of repeats on multichannels
In the fifth part of our series on red tape repeal, we look at the digital multichannels, which are currently exempt from the normal caption quotas...
01 October 2014 Repealing captioning red tape: Caption quotas
In the fourth part of our series on red tape repeal, we look at the confusing state of caption quotas for Australian TV, and how they can be...
September 2014
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29 September 2014 Repealing captioning red tape: Caption reporting
In the third part of our series on red tape repeal, we look at calls to end the requirement that broadcasters must report on how much captioning they...
24 September 2014 Repealing captioning red tape: Caption quotas on subscription TV
In the second part of our series on red tape repeal, we look at the issue of caption quotas on subscription television, and the importance for...
22 September 2014 Repealing captioning red tape: Improving caption regulation
The next round of the Federal Government’s repeal red tape campaign is due to take place next month and is likely to include captioning issues. We...
01 September 2014 ACMA finds Nine cricket coverage breached caption quality rules
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that segments of Channel Nine Cricket broadcast in January 2014 breached its...
August 2014
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28 August 2014 How fast should captions be?
A recent article by Diana Sanchez, General Manager of Red Bee Media Spain, looks at one of the perennial areas of debate about captioning— the...
22 August 2014 Caption reports hide great access story
Why is it that our communications regulator seems satisfied to hide great achievements in access by our free-to-air television stations? Commentary...
21 August 2014 ACMA releases free-to-air TV captioning compliance reports
Most Australian broadcasters exceeded their captioning targets in 2012-2013, according to compliance reports released today by the Australian...
13 August 2014 Q&A with Wendy Youens
In our latest Media Access Australia ‘experts in access’ Q&A, we talk to Wendy Youens, CEO of the New Zealand access company Able, which provides...
July 2014
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25 July 2014 Ofcom consults on sign language requirements
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has launched a review of the signing arrangements it has in place for TV channels with low audience levels.
22 July 2014 Ofcom releases access requirements for 2015
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released its list of TV channels which will be required to provide access services – captioning, audio...

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