Television Access Services: Report for the first six months of 2015

22 October 2015

The first bi-annual report for 2015 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 2015. An explanation of the obligations applying to broadcasters is given in the Code on  Television Access Services and is available on the  at Ofcom website.

With regard to domestic broadcasters,  many channels are continuing to comfortably exceed their requirements. In cases  where broadcasters are not meeting their requirements, Ofcom will expect them  to have met their obligations by the end of the year.

Domestic  channels with an audience share of between 0.05% and 1% have the option to  broadcast either 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 and is broadcast on the Community Channel and Film4.

2015  marks the second year in which  non-domestic channels licensed by Ofcom have been required to provide access services. The majority of these broadcasts have comfortably met their  obligation.

In lieu  of the signing arrangements set out in the Code, all non-domestic broadcasters  elected to provide an additional 5% of content with subtitles. Ofcom will set out its  long-term position regarding signing provision by non-domestic broadcasters in  2016.

We note  that Nickelodeon and Nickelodeon Junior,  broadcasting to France, failed to provide subtitling or  audio-description during the first six months of 2015. The broadcaster  has explained that this was as a result of technical and supply issues that have now  been resolved. Both services began provision of access services in July and we expect their annual  quotas to be met by the end of 2015.

Ofcom  expects any broadcasters reporting an under-provision for the first six months  of 2015 to have fulfilled their obligations by the end of the year.

We expect  to publish the next report in March 2016, providing the data from the second  half of 2015 to provide a cumulative figure for 2015.

ChannelSubtitlingAudio Description
Signing
Annual QuotaAchieved (2015 Q1-2)Annual QuotaAchieved (2015 Q1-2)
Annual Quota
Achieved (2015 Q1-2)
LEVEL 1      
BBC 1(-1-)100.0% 99.9% 10.0% 22.6% 5.0% 5.3%
BBC 2100.0% 99.9% 10.0% 22.3% 5.0% 5.2%
BBC3100.0% 100.0% 10.0% 32.0% 5.0% 5.6%
BBC4100.0% 100.0% 10.0% 33.3% 5.0% 6.1%
BBC News100.0% 99.9% Exempt5.0%5.0%
CBBC100.0% 100.0% 10.0% 30.0% 5.0% 5.9%
Cbeebies100.0% 100.0% 10.0% 30.4% 5.0% 5.3%
ITV190.0% 90.5% 10.0% 16.0% 5.0% 9.9%
ITV280.0% 91.3% 10.0% 30.3% 5.0% 5.7%
ITV380.0% 96.5% 10.0% 46.3% 5.0% 5.1%
ITV472.0% 83.0% 10.0% 28.5% 4.0% 5.0%
CITV70.0% 97.2% 10.0% 24.1% 30 mins sign- presented a month 140 mins sign- presented a month
Channel 490.0% 100.0% 10.0% 26.0% 5.0%5.3%
E480.0% 100.0% 10.0% 48.0% 5.0%5.4%
Film 470.0% 100.0% 10.0% 25.4% Alt
More 470.0% 100.0% 10.0% 28.0% Alt
4Seven30.8% 100.0% 5.7% 21.9% Alt
Channel 580.0% 88.6% 10.0% 16.2% 5.0%10.3%
5*70.0% 78.2% 10.0% 33.6%
Alt
5 USA70.0% 81.4% 10.0% 18.5%
Alt
Challenge80.0% 82.2% 10.0% 24.1%
Alt
Pick TV72.5% 82.2% 10.0% 24.5%
Alt
Sky Arts70.8% 92.1% 10.0% 13.0%
Alt
Sky Atlantic35.0% 98.1% 7.7% 30.5%
Alt
Sky Living80.0% 94.2% 10.0% 33.1%
Alt
Sky Movies Action80.0% 90.0% 10.0% 39.1%
Alt
Sky Movies Comedy80.0% 90.3% 10.0% 39.6%
Alt
Sky Movies Disney10.0% 82.8% 3.5% 33.0%
Alt
Sky Movies Drama Romance80.0% 90.2% 10.0% 28.9%
Alt
Sky Movies Family80.0% 93.1% 10.0% 36.0%
Alt
Sky Movies Greats80.0% 86.3% 10.0% 34.5%
Alt
Sky Movies Premiere80.0% 84.9% 10.0% 29.4%
Alt
Sky Movies Sci-fi/Horror80.0% 88.6% 10.0% 35.7%
Alt
Sky Movies Showcase70.0% 96.1% 10.0% 54.8%
Alt
Sky Movies Thriller70.0% 90.8% 10.0% 28.1%
Alt
Sky News80.0% 81.4% Exempt
Alt
Sky One80.0% 92.6% 10.0% 25.4%
Alt
Sky Sports 180.0% 82.8% 10.0% 18.4%
Alt
Sky Sports 280.0% 81.0% 10.0% 17.5%
Alt
Sky Sports 380.0% 82.1% 10%15.1%
Alt
Sky Sports 480.0% 83.0% 10%13.6%
Alt
Sky Sports F130.8% 81.2% 5.7%14.6%
Alt
Sky Sports News80.0% 80.6% Exempt
Alt
Sky Two80.0% 98.4% 10.0% 36.0%
Alt
Disney Channel80.0% 85.2% 10.0% 29.9%
Alt
Disney Junior80.0% 91.2% 10.0% 25.8%
Alt
Disney XD80.0% 86.2% 10.0% 23.4%
Alt
4Music80.0% 89.0% 10.0% 22.0%
Alt
Dave80.0% 87.4% 10.0% 31.4%
Alt
Watch62.5% 75.6% 10.0% 30.9%
Alt
Yesterday80.0% 88.6% 10.0% 28.0%
Alt
Alibi80.0% 81.7% 10.0% 44.2%
Alt
Good Food80.0% 90.6% 10.0% 22.6%
Alt
Home80.0% 88.8% 10.0% 34.7%
Alt
GOLD80.0% 86.6% 10.0% 36.2%
Alt
Eden80.0% 85.2% 10.0% 29.2%
Alt
Really60.0% 80.6% 10.0% 25.6%
Alt
Drama10.0% 69.2% 3.0% 13.9%
Alt
Discovery80.0% 82.4% 10.0% 14.1%
Alt
Animal Planet80.0% 83.5% 10.0% 10.9%
Alt
Quest60.0% 61.2% 10.0% 12.3%
Alt
TLC10.0% 68.1% 3.5% 3.8%
Alt
Universal80.0% 83.2% 10.0% 19.4%
Alt
BT Sport 110.0% 23.4% 3.0% 2.7%
Alt
LEVEL 2      
S4C53.0% 78.0% 10.0%12.3%5.0%5.4%
MTV52.8% 83.9% 10.0%20.2%
Alt
MTV Music23.1% 59.2% Exempt
Alt
Viva52.8% 73.5% Exempt
Alt
Comedy Central52.8% 73.7% 10.0% 24.8%
Alt
Comedy Central extra52.8% 55.1% 10.0% 14.2%
Alt
Nick Jr52.8% 39.3% 10.0% 20.0%
Alt
Nickelodeon52.8% 67.6% 10.0% 15.2%
Alt
Nick Jr 246.2% 41.0% 10.0% 20.8%
Alt
Nicktoons52.8% 60.4% 10.0% 7.9%
Alt
LEVEL 3      
Boomerang26.4%26.7%10.0%26.7%30 mins sign- presented a month 45 mins sign- presented a month
Cartoon Network26.4%33.8%10.0%33.9%30 mins sign- presented a month 45 mins sign- presented a month

Footnote

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

Member StateChannelSubtitling
Audio Description
  Annual QuotaAchieved (2015 Q1-2)
Annual Quota
Achieved (2015 Q1-2)
LEVEL 1     
DenmarkKanal 415.0% 65.0% 4.0% 8.2%
Kanal 515.0% 74.3% 4.0% 5.1%
6’eren15.0% 67.8% 4.0% 6.4%
TV315.0% 72.1% 4.0% 3.9%
FranceThe Discovery Channel15.0% 16.2% 4.0% 3.0%
Discovery Science15.0% 13.2% 4.0% 7.4%
Cartoon Network 15.0% 19.7% 4.0% 1.9%
Disney Cinemagic15.0% 27.0% 4.0% 7.4%
Nickelodeon15.0% 0.0% 4.0% 0.0%
Nickelodeon Junior15.0% 0.0% 4.0% 0.0%
NetherlandsThe Discovery Channel15.0% 100.0% 4.0% 4.6%
Republic of IrelandBBC 1100.0% 99.9% Technical Exemption
BBC 2100.0% 99.9% Technical Exemption
Sky Living80.0% 94.2% Technical Exemption
Sky One80.0% 92.6% Technical Exemption
Channel 490.0% 100.0% Technical Exemption
ItalyAXN15.0% 18.0% Technical Exemption
The Discovery Channel15.0% 24.1% 4.0%8.2%
Discovery Science15.0% 17.6% 4.0%9.5%
Poland (-2-)Discovery Life15.0% 21.0% Technical Exemption
AXN15.0% 61.9% Technical Exemption
The Discovery Channel15.0% 21.7% Technical Exemption
Discovery Science15.0% 22.7% Technical Exemption
Discovery Turbo Xtra 15.0% 19.9% Technical Exemption
Investigation Discovery15.0% 18.8% 4.0%6.5%
TLC15.0% 20.0% Technical Exemption
SwedenThe Discovery Channel15.0% 100.0% 4.0%4.1%
Kanal 515.0% 97.7% 4.0%7.1%
Kanal 915.0% 99.0% 4.0%5.4%
TV315.0% 100.0% 4.0%1.3%
TV3 Puls15.0% 85.1% 4.0%4.1%
TV615.0% 97.9% 4.0%4.1%
TV815.0% 98.6% 4.0%3.8%
LEVEL 2     
DenmarkTLC12.0%100.0%4.0%5.2%
The Discovery Channel12.0%100.0%4.0%4.5%
LEVEL 3     
NANA    

2.- Data for Travel Channel was not provided in time for publication but will be published in the full 2015 report.

Source: Ofcom - data provided by broadcasters