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Television Access Services: Full Year Cumulative Report 2011

Published 26|03|12

The final report for 2011 on the provision of access services (subtitling, signing and audio description) by broadcasters shows the cumulative position from January to December 2011. An explanation of the obligations applying to broadcasters is given in the Code of Television Access Services (the Code) and is available on the Ofcom website. http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/broadcasting/broadcast-codes/tv-access-services/

Of the 67 channels required to provide access services, 57 met or exceeded their quotas and the majority did so comfortably. Six BBC channels that missed their 100% subtitling quota by less than 0.2% did so due to technical and operational outages which meant that some subtitling was not successfully transmitted.

Broadcasters of three other channels notified Ofcom in advance that they would not meet their quotas in full (subtitling in the case of Livingit, Challenge, and both subtitling and audio description in the case of Nickelodeon) due to technical problems that were resolved during the course of the year. All three have undertaken to make up the shortfalls (as detailed in the table below) during 2012, and Ofcom considers these matters resolved. In addition, ESPN did not provide any audio description during 2011; Ofcom is in discussion with the broadcaster about this.

A number of broadcasters have committed on a voluntary basis to increase audio description on all or most of their channels to 20%. This includes the BBC (building to 20% from 10% in 2% increments each year), ITV1 (in England & Wales), Channel 4, and Sky (with the exception of its sports channels).

Channels with an audience share of between 0.05% and 1% have the option either to broadcast 30 minutes of sign-presented programming each month or to participate in Ofcom-approved alternative arrangements that contribute to the availability of sign-presented programming. Where 'Alt' is shown against a channel, this indicates that the broadcaster is contributing to the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT), which commissions sign-presented programming which is broadcast on the Community Channel and Film 4.

Television Access Services: Full Year Report 2011

Service Subtitling Audio Description Signing
  Annual quota Achieved Annual quota Achieved Annual quota Achieved
BBC1 100% 99.83% 10% 15.01% 5% 5.21%
BBC2 100% 99.96% 10% 14.58% 5% 5.54%
BBC3 100% 99.98% 10% 25.15% 5% 5.47%
BBC4 100% 99.97% 10% 28.94% 5% 5.56%
BBC News 100% 99.93% Exempt 5% 5.06%
CBBC 100% 99.98% 10% 24.32% 5% 5.23%
CBeebies 100% 100.00% 10% 19.85% 5% 5.39%
BBC HD 35.00% 92.58% 6.17% 24.15% 2% 3.09%
ITV 1 90% 98.70% 10% 20.00% 5% 7.00%
GMTV1 90% 97.79% 10% 13.80% 5% 5.42%
ITV 2 70% 89.71% 10% 30.36% 4% 4.03%
ITV 3 70% 86.14% 10% 24.31% 3.2% 3.66%
ITV 4 61.60% 67.71% 10% 30.55% Alt
CITV 60% 76.91% 10% 37.49% 30mins sign presented1
Channel 4 90% 99.95% 10% 24.46% 5% 5.32%
E4 70% 99.97% 10% 34.53% 4% 6.44%
More 4 70% 99.96% 10% 25.04% Alt
Film 4 60% 99.95% 10% 25.14% Alt
S4C 80% 80.10% 10% 11.13% 5% 5.04%
Channel 5 80% 88.65% 10% 11.57% 5% 8.85%
5* 41.25% 50.1% 8.5% 14.47% Alt
5 USA 41.25% 67.0% 8.5% 15.67% Alt
Sky News 70% 70.73% Exempt Alt
Sky One 70% 72.79% 10% 27.92% Alt
Sky Two 70% 73.12% 10% 29.01% Alt
Pick TV 61.60% 72.96% 10% 32.94% Alt
Sky Sports 1 70% 72.33% 10% 11.74% 4% 4.34%
Sky Sports 2 70% 72.77% 10% 11.10% Alt
Sky Sports 3 70% 70.20% 10% 14.57% Alt
Sky Sports 4 70% 70.12% 10% 22.96% Alt
Sky Sports News 70% 77.27% Exempt Alt
Sky Movies Action/Adventure 70% 76.43% 10% 36.65% Alt
Sky Movies Classics 70% 73.94% 10% 22.64% Alt
Sky Movies Comedy 70% 75.19% 10% 38.44% Alt
Sky Movies Drama/Rom 70% 75.16% 10% 35.16% Alt
Sky Movies Family 70% 75.54% 10% 38.15% Alt
Sky Movies Modern Greats 70% 73.84% 10% 24.01% Alt
Sky Movies SciFi/Horror 70% 76.84% 10% 35.87% Alt
Sky Movies Premiere 70% 76.29% 10% 38.92% Alt
Sky Showcase 35% 80.25% 6% 47.97% Alt
Sky Thriller 35% 74.12% 6% 26.86% Alt
Dave 70% 78.58% 10% 38.27% Alt
Blighty 70% 75.34% 10% 37.48% Alt
UKTV Food 70% 73.25% 10% 25.97% Alt
Eden 70% 78.92% 10% 38.87% Alt
Yesterday 70% 75.83% 10% 20.59% Alt
Alibi 70% 93.90% 10% 22.35% Alt
G.O.L.D. 70% 83.43% 10% 31.29% Alt
Home 70% 79.24% 10% 28.38% Alt
Watch 35% 51.57% 6.50% 23.81% Alt
Disney Channel 70% 92.84% 10% 13.37% Alt 1.04%
Disney Junior 70% 81.79% 10% 27.37% Alt
Disney Cinemagic 60% 96.99% 10% 17.71% Alt
Disney XD 70% 73.07% 10% 26.68% Alt
4Music 70% 91.23% Exempt Alt
Universal 70% 71.41% 10% 13.97% Alt
Nickelodeon 70% 68.24% 10% 8.40% Alt
ESPN 10% 18.51% 3% 0% Alt
Level Two
Discovery Channel 46.20% 55.28% 10% 15.29% Alt
Living TV 46.20% 50.80% 10% 12.70% Alt
Livingit 46.20% 36.62% 10% 12.17% Alt
Challenge 46.20% 35.29% 10% 12.05% Alt
Level Three
MTV 23.10% 36.33% 10% 10.63% Alt
MTV Hits 23.10% 66.75% Exempt Alt
Viva (prev. TMF) 23.10% 45.68% Exempt Alt
FX 23.10% 57.83% 10.00% 19.00% Alt
Comedy Central 23.10% 46.22% 10.00% 14.68% Alt

Source: Ofcom - data provided by broadcasters

Footnotes

1. From January 2011 CiTV chose to meet its regulatory obligations in relation to signing by showing 30 minutes of sign-presented programming each month. 

 

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