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October 2013
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28 October 2013 2013 Captioning Awards winners announced
The annual Captioning Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in captioning. The winners in 2013 were announced on Friday in Sydney at a...
21 October 2013 Lack of records hampers captioning complaint decision
The broadcasting regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) was unable to make a judgement on a complaint about delayed...
17 October 2013 UK moves to measure live captioning
The UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom has announced that it will require television broadcasters to measure the quality of live captioning (known as ‘...
September 2013
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26 September 2013 UK broadcasters exceed access requirements
The bi-annual report into the provision of captioning, audio description and sign language on British TV has been released by the media regulator...
17 September 2013 When are bad captions permitted on television?
When a viewer complains about inadequate TV captioning Australia’s media regulator steps in to determine if the breach is excusable. We look at the...
11 September 2013 Captioning Awards 2013: get your nominations in
Nominations are now open for the 2013 Deafness Forum of Australia Captioning Awards. The Awards are held annually to recognise and encourage...
06 September 2013 Curtin University’s disability and television study
Curtin University is looking for participants to take part in a study it is conducting to help understand the potential benefits and challenges that...
August 2013
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30 August 2013 Ai-Media wins Nine captioning contract
Access supplier Ai-Media has won a five-year contract to provide captioning services for the Nine Network across Australia.
28 August 2013 New access for a new century: we sit down with Karen Peltz Strauss
At the recent M-Enabling Conference hosted by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network in Sydney, one of the keynote speakers was Karen...
27 August 2013 Hearing Awareness Week: the beginner’s guide to captions
Hearing Awareness Week runs from 25 to 31 August. To celebrate, we have put together a beginner’s guide to captioning to help raise awareness of the...
15 August 2013 Leading US accessibility advocate speaks at Sydney conference
Karen Peltz Strauss, one of the principle architects of accessibility legislation in the US, spoke today at the M-Enabling Conference about the...
14 August 2013 Australia falling behind in video on demand captioning
Media Access Australia today released a report, Captioning on Video on Demand: It’s Time for Australia to Catch Up, which shows that most video on...
07 August 2013 ACMA rules on captioning breaches by Nine and Seven
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has completed two investigations following complaints about captioning on programs broadcast...
July 2013
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19 July 2013 Review of the Panasonic Smart Viera TH-L42E6A, a ‘talking TV’ with Voice Guidance
Panasonic’s 2013 range of Viera ‘smart TVs’ are the first in Australia to have a text-to-speech function which will be of great benefit to blind and...
10 July 2013 Lack of audio description a breach of human rights
Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) yesterday lodged 21 disability discrimination complaints against the Federal Government and the ABC for failing to...
01 July 2013 TV access expands in the UK
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released the list of channels which will be required to provide access services – captioning, audio...
June 2013
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21 June 2013 New US rules will ensure talking TV menus
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the USA has proposed new rules which will require televisions and other devices to have talking...
13 June 2013 Awareness of audio description increases in the UK
New research released by Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, shows that over 60% of people are aware of the service, which gives blind and vision...
12 June 2013 ABC found in breach of captioning rules
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found the ABC in breach of captioning rules due to poor captions on episodes of At the...
05 June 2013 ACMA releases new Television Captioning Quality Standard
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today released its long awaited Television Captioning Quality Standard, which for the first...

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