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Television Access Services: Report for the first six months of 2013

Published 25|09|13

The first bi-annual report for 2013 on the provision of access services (subtitling, signing and audio description) by broadcasters under the Code on Television Access Services shows the cumulative position from January to June 2013. An explanation of the obligations applying to broadcasters is given in the Code of Television Access Services and is available on the Ofcom website. http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/broadcasting/broadcast-codes/tv-access-services/code-tv-access-services-2013/

This first report for 2013 shows that most broadcasters are exceeding their obligations for subtitling, audio description and for signing and the majority are doing so comfortably. Where broadcasters are not meeting the requirements, Ofcom will expect them to fulfil their obligations by the end  of the year. In this connection, we note that that Nickelodeon has assured Ofcom that it will make up shortfalls in subtitling (65.5% in the first half of 2013 against an annual target of 70%) and audio description (3.6% against a target of 10%)

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.

We expect to publish the next report at the beginning of March 2014, providing the data from the second half of the year 2013.

Service Subtitling Audio Description Signing
Annual quota Achieved (Q1&2) Annual quota Achieved (Q1&2) Annual quota Achieved (Q1&2)
Level 1
BBC1 1100% 99.9% 10% 16.0% 5% 5.3%
BBC2 100% 99.9% 10% 18.5% 5% 5.2%
BBC3 100% 99.9% 10% 22.1% 5% 6.3%
BBC4 100% 100% 10% 20.1% 5% 5.9%
BBC News 100% 99.9% Exempt 5% 5.7%
CBBC 100% 100.0% 10% 19.7% 5% 5.7%
CBeebies 100% 100.0% 10% 20.6% 5% 6.0%
BBC HD 260% 88.7% 10% 20.7% 3% 2.6%
ITV 1 (including Breakfast) 90% 97.9% 10% 17.7% 5% 7.7%
ITV 2 70% 98.3% 10% 31.6% 4% 4.7%
ITV3 70% 96.0% 10% 35.9% 4% 4.5%
ITV4 70% 81.1% 10% 30.9% 4% 5.0%
CITV 68.3% 75.8% 10% 28.9% 30 mins presented
Channel 4 90% 100.0% 10% 30.6% 5% 5.3%
E4 70% 100.0% 10% 44.4% 4% 5.6%
More 4 70% 100.0% 10% 26.2% Alt
Film 4 65% 99.9% 10% 25.9% Alt
Channel 5 80% 92.6% 10% 10.1% 5% 11.2%
5* 62.5% 77.1% 10% 15.2% Alt
5 USA 62.5% 78.7% 10% 16.0% Alt
Challenge 70%75.0%10%14.4% Alt
Sky Atlantic 10%79.7%3.92%20.4% Alt
Sky News 70% 71.4% Exempt Alt
Sky One 70% 77.9% 10% 26.0% Alt
Sky Two 70% 82.7% 10% 29.2% Alt
Pick TV 70% 83.2% 10% 25.6% Alt
Sky Sports 1 70% 72.8% 10% 10.9% Alt
Sky Sports 2 70% 73.0% 10% 11.8% Alt
Sky Sports 3 70% 70.9% 10% 14.2% Alt
Sky Sports 4 70% 71.2% 10% 22.9% Alt
Sky Sports News 70% 72.3% Exempt Alt
Sky Movies Premiere 70% 80.7% 10% 22.8% Alt
Sky Movies Comedy 70% 92.4% 10% 27.1% Alt
Sky Movies Action 70% 85.9% 10% 34.2% Alt
Sky Movies Family 70% 92.6% 10% 32.3% Alt
Sky Movies Sci-fi / Horror 70% 89.2% 10% 28.5% Alt
Sky Movies Modern Greats 70% 89.3% 10% 28.0% Alt
Sky Movies Drama / Romance 70% 88.5% 10% 23.8% Alt
Sky Movies Showcase 60% 89.3% 10% 43.7% Alt
Sky Movies Thriller 60% 90.5% 10% 25.4% Alt
Sky Living 70% 82.6% 10% 26.5% Alt
Sky Livingit 70% 84.4% 10% 17.7% Alt
Dave 70% 86.0% 10% 33.3% Alt
Eden 70% 72.4% 10% 30.3% Alt
Watch 39% 62.8% 7% 26.8% Alt
Yesterday 70% 78.1% 10% 14.6% Alt
Alibi 70% 85.4% 10% 29.9% Alt
Good Food 70% 80.2% 10% 15.8% Alt
Home 70% 76.9% 10% 24.7% Alt
G.O.L.D 70% 82.0% 10% 34.9% Alt
Really 35% 71.7% 2% 11.8% Alt
Disney Channel 70% 92.9% 10% 12.9% Alt
Disney Junior 70% 85.9% 10% 26.7%
Disney Cinemagic 370% 91.6% 10% 16.9% Alt
Disney XD 70% 91.3% 10% 20.5% Alt
4Music 70% 96.8% Exempt Alt
Universal 70% 78.6% 10% 14.1% Alt
Nickelodeon 470% 65.5% 10% 3.6% Alt
ESPN 35% 536.4% 7% 9.4% Alt
Discovery Channel 70% 76.5% 10% 20.6% Alt
MTV 70% 86.4% 10% 24.6% Alt
Viva 70% 72.4% Exempt Alt
Comedy Central 70% 80.0% 10% 25.1% Alt
Level Two
S4C 47% 77.7% 10% 9.4% 5% 4.9%
MTV Hits 47% 60.2% Exempt Alt
Quest 23% 22.3% 3% 8.6% Alt
FX 47% 73.1% 10% 23.1% Alt
Level Three
Animal Planet 23% 29.3% 10% 13.6% Alt
Comedy Central 23% 65.2% 10% 17.1% Alt

 

1 Occasional technical and/or operational problems led to a small shortfall in delivering against the BBC's 100% subtitling target on some channels.

2 BBC HD ceased broadcasting on the 26th of March 2013. The data presented is 2013 Q1 only.

3 Disney Cinemagic ceased broadcasting in March 2013. The data presented is 2013 Q1 only.

4 In the first half of 2013, Nickelodeon fell short of both its subtitling and audio description targets, but has told Ofcom that it is taking steps to meet the targets by the end of the year.

5 ESPN: In light of the transfer of the ESPN licence to BT Telecommunications Ltd Ofcom has accepted proposals that the 6.8% short fall in subtitling from 2012 on ESPN be made up across the ESPN and BT Sports channels over 2013. Details of this decision can be found in Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin 235: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/enforcement/broadcast-bulletins/obb235/obb235.pdf. Ofcom will report against the channels subtitling provision in the full year report for 2013 due to be published in April 2014.

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