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December 2013
Date Published News headline and description
23 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: television caption quality
In June, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released its long-awaited caption standard, setting out the criteria it will use...
16 December 2013 Unscrambling caption quality control
In 2014 Media Access Australia will release the world’s first review of how the quality of closed captions and subtitles for the Deaf and hearing...
06 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: Talking TVs released in Australia
Over the past few years, the increasing availability of text-to-speech technology in PCs, tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices has made...
05 December 2013 Forty years of captioned news
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the world’s first captioned news program, which went to air on America’s PBS network at 11pm on 3 December...
November 2013
Date Published News headline and description
26 November 2013 New access company launched in New Zealand
Able is the new company which will be supplying captioning for channels TV One, TV2, TV3 and FOUR in New Zealand, as well as audio description for...
20 November 2013 Ai-Media adopts European caption quality model
The Australian access company Ai-Media, which will take over the captioning of all Nine network television programs in January, has adopted the NER...
12 November 2013 Audio description on TV – where to now?
Media Access Australia has prepared an analysis of the ABC’s report on the technical delivery of the audio description trial on ABC1 last year....
October 2013
Date Published News headline and description
31 October 2013 Network Ten stays with Red Bee Media for captioning services
Major access supplier Red Bee Media has announced a multi-year arrangement to provide captioning services to Australian broadcaster Network Ten. This...
31 October 2013 Foxtel launches captions on its movies on demand
People who are Deaf or hearing impaired will have greater access to Foxtel’s content after the subscription service launched closed captioning for...
29 October 2013 ABC report on audio description finally released
After being delivered to the then Department of Communications, Broadband and the Digital Economy at the end of 2012, the report from the ABC on the...
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
Date Published News headline and description
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
Date Published News headline and description
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...

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