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June 2013
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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...
04 June 2013 The ACMA launches broadcasting codes inquiry
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched an inquiry into broadcasting codes of practice and whether they are keeping up...
03 June 2013 News from the Round Table on Information Access 2013
Access to information through digital technologies was discussed and highlighted at the 2013 Round Table on Information Access for People with Print...
May 2013
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21 May 2013 Opinion: Regulating audio description the only way
Australia is a long way behind the rest of the world when it comes to audio description on television. Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley looks...
20 May 2013 UK regulator seeks to improve live TV captioning
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced proposals aimed at improving the quality of live captioning on television, including asking...
16 May 2013 The 2013 Print Disability Roundtable
The Roundtable on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities is a forum of 40 organisations from Australia and New Zealand. Its upcoming...
16 May 2013 Federal budget fails to deliver on audio description
The federal budget announced on Tuesday evening had disability reform as its cornerstone. While most Australians with disability cheered, the budget...
10 May 2013 Ai-Media appoints new caption quality auditor
The access provider Ai-Media has appointed Robert Scott as an independent auditor to ensure the quality of the captions it produces for broadcast,...
08 May 2013 Audio description on British TV
A new video produced by the UK’s Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) celebrates some recent advances which have made TV more accessible...
April 2013
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30 April 2013 Audio description promoted in Canada
The Canadian Broadcasting Association, in association with Accessible Media Inc, (AMI), has developed a public service announcement to build...
29 April 2013 Opinion: Australia still a prison for vision impaired TV viewers
Blind advocate Scott L. Nixon shares his hopes and dreams for Australian television.
24 April 2013 Call for an ongoing audio description service trial
The future of audio description (AD) on Australian television is currently being decided, and blindness and consumer organisations are calling for...
23 April 2013 Panasonic talking TVs now available in Australia
Panasonic’s new range of Viera smart TVs which have just been released in Australia feature Voice Guidance, making them accessible for blind and...
19 April 2013 Captioning on digital multichannels
The Federal Government is due to introduce new regulations regarding captioning on digital multichannels like GO!, 7Two, Eleven and ABC2 which will...
18 April 2013 Emergency information accessibility required in US
Subscription TV providers and program owners in the USA have been ordered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make emergency...
09 April 2013 Report on the accessibility of Electronic Program Guides
Media Access Australia has released a report on electronic program guides (EPGs) and how television networks and content providers display access...
04 April 2013 New Zealand to have independent captioning supplier
Captioning and audio description services for New Zealand television, which are currently provided by the government-owned national broadcaster TVNZ...
March 2013
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28 March 2013 Television access in the UK: 2012 in review
Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has released its final report on the provision of access services on television for 2012. As in previous...
22 March 2013 Results of UK caption quality survey released
A survey on the quality of television captioning, conducted by Action on Hearing Loss, the largest deafness advocacy organisation in the UK, has...
20 March 2013 Overcoming audio description’s technical hurdles
Following the 2012 trial on ABC1, Media Access Australia has compiled a briefing paper outlining how Australia’s television industry can overcome the...

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