Television and on-demand programme services: Access services report for the first six months of 2022

Published: 20 October 2022
Last updated: 20 October 2023

Under the Communications Act 2003, broadcast television channels are required to make a certain proportion of their programmes accessible; the Code on Television Access Services sets out these obligations.

Following disruption to the provision of access services on a number of channels in Autumn 2021, levels of provision returned to normal in the first half of 2022. Ofcom is particularly pleased to see a continuing increase in the number of channels providing subtitling on virtually all their programming (in excess of 98%). Between January and June 2022, 40 channels provided subtitles at these levels, compared with 32 in the same period last year.

More broadly, all channels are on course to meet or exceed their full year 2022 quotas. Channels must meet their access services requirements on each of their regulated delivery platforms.

Domestic channels with an audience share of between 0.05% and 1% have the option either to broadcast 75 minutes of sign-presented programming each month or to participate in Ofcom-approved alternative arrangements which contribute to the availability of sign-presented programming.

Where "BSLBT Contribution" is shown in the report, this indicates that the broadcaster contributed to the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT), which commissions sign-presented programming and is broadcast on the channels Film4 and Together.

Where “Exempt” is marked in the report, this indicates that these channels are exempt from providing audio description. This is due to the nature of the content broadcast on these services meaning there is little space within the audio material to provide audio description.

As in last year’s mid-year report, we will not be reporting on accessibility of on-demand programme services (“ODPS”) at this time and will be publishing data for the full year 2022 in Spring 2023.

Interactive report

We have provided this report in an interactive format so that you can compare the accessibility of broadcast and on-demand services across a variety of platforms.

For the best experience, expand to full screen (click on the button in the bottom right corner).

The full data set is also available to download in CSV format.

If you have accessibility requirements which are not met by these publications, and would like to request this information in a different format, you can email or call our Advisory Team from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00 on 020 7981 3040 or 0300 123 3333. If you are deaf or speech-impaired, you can use our textphone numbers, which are 020 7981 3043 or 0300 123 2024.

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