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August 2014
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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...
18 July 2014 Call for Japanese news to have English subtitles
An expert panel at Japan’s ministry of communications has called for broadcasters to provide English-language subtitles for news bulletins in time...
16 July 2014 UK regulator begins consultation on speaking TV program guides
The UK communications regulator, Ofcom, has begun a consultation process in which it is asking for feedback on how electronic program guides (EPGs)...
11 July 2014 US communications regulator reports on audio description
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a report on the current state of audio description on broadcast television and television...
07 July 2014 The Audio Description Project Conference
The third annual Audio Description Conference, an initiative of the American Council of the Blind, will be held in Las Vegas from 13 to 15 July.
June 2014
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26 June 2014 Challenges of captioning and copyrights
Media Access Australia spoke to Blake E. Reid, Assistant Clinical Professor at Colorado Law, following his chairing of a session at the M-Enabling...
26 June 2014 Red Bee Media Spain wins audio description award
Red Bee Media Spain has won an ATRAE award for the best audio description on Spanish television for its work on The Simpsons.
16 June 2014 ACMA finds Prime and GTV9 breached caption regulations
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that Prime Television failed to meet its captioning obligations by broadcasting a...
12 June 2014 US regulator dismisses captioning exemption petitions
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has dismissed petitions from 16 television programs requesting exemptions from closed captioning...
11 June 2014 ACMA releases subscription TV captioning compliance reports
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today released captioning compliance reports for subscription television services for the...
11 June 2014 Captioned World Cup
Local coverage of the world’s largest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup starting in Brazil on 12 June (13 June Australian time),...
06 June 2014 The ultimate game experience for blind World Cup fans
With the largest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup, starting in Brazil on 12 June (13 June Australian time), with an estimated billion...
May 2014
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30 May 2014 Irish regulator suggests modest audio description targets
The Irish broadcasting regulator, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, has commenced a consultation period looking at possible changes to the...
28 May 2014 Improving the quality of live captioning
The recent initiative by the UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, to measure the quality of live captioning has been welcomed by David Padmore,...
27 May 2014 Do closed captions still serve deaf people?
In a captioned TEDx Talks YouTube video, captioning pioneer Gary Robson asks whether closed captions still serve deaf people.
26 May 2014 Sports channel fined for not meeting audio description target
Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has fined the sports channel ESPN £120,000 (AU$218,778) for not meeting its audio description target...

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