TV access services 2017: Q1 and Q2

12 October 2017

The first bi-annual report for 2017 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 2017. The Code on Television Access Services (PDF, 265.5 KB) sets out the obligations applying to broadcasters.

Most domestic channels are continuing to comfortably exceed their requirements. We note that CBS Reality failed to provide any subtitling or audio description during the first six months of 2017, the first year the channel has been required to provide access services. The broadcaster explained that this lack of provision occurred due to technical issues that have now been resolved. Access services began broadcasting on the channel in August 2017 and we expect its annual quota to have been met by the end of 2017.

BBC 1 and BBC 2 missed their 100% subtitling target by 0.1% and 0.2% respectively. This was due to technical and/or operational outages that meant some subtitling was not successfully transmitted. These shortfalls cannot be made up by the end of 2017 due to these channels’ 100% subtitling requirement. However, due to the small size and reasons for the shortfalls, we do not consider them to be of concern.

Domestic channels with an audience share of between 0.05% and 1% have the option to broadcast either 35 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 in the table below, 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.

2017 marks the fourth year that non-domestic channels licensed by Ofcom have been required to provide access services. The vast majority of channels have met their obligations and we expect any shortfalls to have been made up by the end of the year.

In lieu of the signing arrangements set out in the Code on Television Access Services, all non-domestic broadcasters elected to provide an additional 5% of content with subtitles. This interim arrangement expires at the end of 2017. In 2018, non-domestic channels will meet their signing requirement by either broadcasting sign-interpreted programming or by providing 10% additional subtitling.

We expect to publish the next access services report in May 2018, and it will set out the data from the second half of 2017 to provide a cumulative figure for 2017.

Channel

Subtitling

Audio Description

Signing

Annual Quota

Achieved (2017

Q1-2)

Annual Quota

Achieved (2017

Q1-2)

Annual Quota

Achieved (2017

Q1-2)

LEVEL 1

BBC 1

100.0%

99.9%

10.0%

21.7%

5.0%

5.4%

BBC 2

100.0%

99.8%

10.0%

28.2%

5.0%

5.3%

BBC 4

100.0%

100.0%

10.0%

39.2%

5.0%

5.7%

BBC News

100.0%

100.0%

Exempt

5.0%

5.0%

CBBC

100.0%

100.0%

10.0%

39.5%

5.0%

5.2%

CBeebies

100.0%

100.0%

10.0%

27.9%

5.0%

5.3%

Channel 31 (incl. ITV and STV)

90.0%

97.9%

10.0%

17.5%

5.0%

6.1%

ITV2

80.0%

98.3%

10.0%

37.2%

5.0%

5.7%

ITV3

80.0%

98.6%

10.0%

52.3%

5.0%

5.3%

ITV4

80.0%

87.6%

10.0%

25.6%

5.0%

6.2%

CITV

80.0%

96.7%

10.0%

28.9%

35 mins sign-presented a month

100 mins sign-presented a month

ITVBe

16.3%

74.5%

4.5%

10.2%

Alt

ITV Encore

24.6%

63.6%

5.1%

32.5%

Alt

Channel 4

90.0%

100.0%

10.0%

34.7%

5.0%

6.2%

E4

80.0%

100.0%

10.0%

64.8%

5.0%

6.7%

Film4

80.0%

100.0%

10.0%

27.1%

Alt

More4

80.0%

100.0%

10.0%

29.0%

Alt

4Seven

53.8%

100.0%

9.5%

35.2%

Alt

Channel 5

80.0%

To follow

10.0%

To follow

5.0%

To follow

5*

80.0%

96.9%

10.0%

27.6%

Alt

5 USA

80.0%

87.9%

10.0%

27.6%

Alt

Spike

10.0%

40.0%

3.5%

6.2%

Alt

Sky News

80.0%

81.3%

Exempt

Alt

Sky1

80.0%

92.1%

10.0%

33.2%

Alt

Sky2

80.0%

90.2%

10.0%

34.2%

Alt

Pick TV

80.0%

95.0%

10.0%

31.5%

Alt

Sky Sports 1

80.0%

81.2%

10.0%

20.1%

Alt

Sky Sports 2

80.0%

81.9%

10.0%

27.9%

Alt

Sky Sports 3

80.0%

82.6%

10.0%

24.7%

Alt

Sky Sports 4

80.0%

82.4%

10.0%

23.0%

Alt

Sky Sports 5

20.4%

82.2%

4.8%

23.6%

Alt

Sky Sports News HQ

80.0%

80.7%

Exempt

Alt

Sky Cinema Premiere

80.0%

94.5%

10.0%

42.9%

Alt

Sky Cinema Comedy

80.0%

92.6%

10.0%

42.0%

Alt

Sky Cinema Action & Adventure

80.0%

93.7%

10.0%

41.2%

Alt

Sky Cinema Family

80.0%

94.0%

10.0%

31.9%

Alt

Sky Cinema SciFi & Horror

80.0%

93.7%

10.0%

40.9%

Alt

Sky Cinema Hits

80.0%

90.0%

10.0%

31.6%

Alt

Sky Cinema Drama & Romance

80.0%

93.6%

10.0%

30.8%

Alt

Sky Cinema Greats

80.0%

94.1%

10.0%

60.3%

Alt

Sky Cinema Crime & Thriller

80.0%

93.6%

10.0%

28.9%

Alt

Sky Cinema Disney

35.0%

87.5%

7.5%

37.2%

Alt

Sky Living

80.0%

94.6%

10.0%

41.8%

Alt

Real Lives

80.0%

89.8%

10.0%

37.0%

Alt

Challenge

80.0%

92.5%

10.0%

32.3%

Alt

Sky Atlantic

60.0%

96.7%

10.0%

38.8%

Alt

Sky Arts

80.0%

84.7%

10.0%

23.8%

Alt

Sky Sports F1

55.8%

88.4%

9.7%

24.2%

Alt

MTV

80.0%

91.7%

10.0%

19.9%

Alt

MTV Music

60.0%

69.3%

Exempt

Alt

Viva

80.0%

84.6%

Exempt

Alt

Comedy Central

80.0%

85.9%

10.0%

35.2%

Alt

Comedy Central Extra

80.0%

89.4%

10.0%

13.3%

Alt

Nick Jr

80.0%

100.0%

10.0%

25.8%

Alt

Nickelodeon

80.0%

100.0%

10.0%

9.7%

Alt

Nick Jr Too

80.0%

100.0%

10.0%

28.8%

Alt

Nicktoons

80.0%

100.0%

10.0%

17.9%

Alt

Fox

80.0%

90.4%

10.0%

24.7%

Alt

Disney Channel

80.0%

85.6%

10.0%

16.4%

Alt

Disney Junior

80.0%

91.0%

10.0%

21.7%

Alt

Disney XD

80.0%

82.9%

10.0%

23.3%

Alt

4Music

80.0%

92.7%

10.0%

17.0%

Alt

Dave

80.0%

87.3%

10.0%

30.9%

Alt

W

70.0%

72.0%

10.0%

27.2%

Alt

Yesterday

80.0%

86.6%

10.0%

30.3%

Alt

Alibi

80.0%

94.4%

10.0%

49.5%

Alt

Good Food

80.0%

81.5%

10.0%

19.4%

Alt

Home

80.0%

95.8%

10.0%

25.0%

Alt

Gold

80.0%

83.9%

10.0%

36.4%

Alt

Eden

80.0%

85.2%

10.0%

36.2%

Alt

Really

67.5%

87.6%

10.0%

24.7%

Alt

Drama

22.5%

79.0%

7.0%

22.9%

Alt

Discovery

80.0%

82.0%

10.0%

11.3%

Alt

Animal Planet

80.0%

82.1%

10.0%

15.0%

Alt

Quest

70.0%

72.5%

10.0%

19.1%

Alt

TLC

35.0%

83.2%

7.5%

9.5%

Alt

Universal

80.0%

82.3%

10.0%

12.1%

Alt

BT Sport 1

35.0%

29.7%

6.8%

10.7%

Alt

BT Sport 2

35.0%

26.8%

6.8%

12.9%

Alt

BT Sport 3

10.0%

17.3%

2.8%

2.9%

Alt

LEVEL 2

     

S4C

53.3%

79.5%

10.0%

11.2%

5.0%

4.5%

Boomerang

53.3%

41.2%

10.0%

37.4%

35 mins sign-presented a month

To follow

Cartoon Network

53.3%

43.8%

10.0%

38.7%

35 mins sign-presented a month

To follow

LEVEL 3

      

CBS Reality

23.3%

0.0%

10.0%

0.0%

Alt

1 This data is based on the percentage of programming as broadcast on the ITV network feed. All Channel 3 services (including STV and UTV channels) are required to meet the same quotas, although there may be slight variations in the total percentage of access services provided on these channels.

Member State

Channel

Subtitling

Audio Description

Annual Quota

Achieved (2017 Q1-2)

Annual Quota

Achieved (2017 Q1-2)

LEVEL 1

Denmark

Kanal 4

40.0%

72.5%

8.0%

10.1%

Kanal 5

40.0%

66.7%

8.0%

12.9%

6’eren

40.0%

88.5%

8.0%

7.4%

TV3

40.0%

69.0%

8.0%

8.6%

TV3 Puls

40.0%

87.6%

8.0%

8.2%

3+

40.0%

90.8%

8.0%

27.1%

Discovery

40.0%

96.7%

8.0%

8.6%

TLC

40.0%

99.5%

8.0%

10.1%

France

Disney Cinema

40.0%

42.1%

8.0%

11.7%

Netherlands

Discovery

40.0%

98.5%

8.0%

10.2%

Investigation Discovery

40.0%

100.0%

8.0%

9.6%

TLC

40.0%

98.6%

8.0%

9.8%

Republic of Ireland*

BBC 1

40.0%

99.9%

Technical Exemption

BBC 2

40.0%

99.8%

Technical Exemption

Sky Living

40.0%

92.1%

Technical Exemption

Sky One

40.0%

100.0%

Technical Exemption

Channel 4

40.0%

100.0%

Technical Exemption

E4

40.0%

99.9%

Technical Exemption

Italy

Discovery

40.0%

74.5%

8.0%

10.5%

Discovery Science

40.0%

61.6%

8.0%

8.7%

Poland*

Discovery

40.0%

50.7%

Technical Exemption

Animal Planet HD

18.3%

30.6%

Technical Exemption

Discovery Science

40.0%

39.6%

Technical Exemption

TLC

40.0%

46.6%

Technical Exemption

Investigation Discovery

40.0%

47.3%

8.0%

12.1%

13 Ulica

40.0%

63.1%

Technical Exemption

Sweden

Discovery

40.0%

95.9%

8.0%

9.9%

Kanal 5

40.0%

97.9%

8.0%

9.7%

Kanal 9

40.0%

97.3%

8.0%

9.5%

Kanal 11

40.0%

99.8%

8.0%

10.2%

TV3

40.0%

91.0%

8.0%

17.9%

TV6

40.0%

99.0%

8.0%

18.2%

TV8

40.0%

91.7%

8.0%

7.7%

TV10

40.0%

96.9%

8.0%

19.3%

LEVEL 2

Hungary

AXN

28.30%

50.2%

Technical Exemption

Poland

AXN

28.30%

55.1%

Technical Exemption

AXN Black

28.30%

70.0%

Technical Exemption

AXN White

28.30%

90.7%

Technical Exemption

Cartoon Network

28.30%

20.9%

Technical Exemption

LEVEL 3

N/A

    

* Ofcom has granted technical exemptions for the provision of audio description in those cases where the networks and/or consumer receivers are such that audio description cannot be delivered.

Source: Ofcom – data provided by broadcasters