Ofcom publishes list of channels to offer Access Services in 2019

Access services include in-vision signing. Image: BBC


Ofcom has confirmed which channels that will be obliged to show subtitles and offer other access services in 2019.

Broadcasters on the list have to commit to offering access services, including providing a proportion of programmes with in-vision signing and audio description.

It's part of the obligations placed on broadcasters within the 2003 Communications Act and policed by Ofcom.

Channels that have been on-air for 10 or more years are required to offer 10% of their programming with audio description and 5% with in-vision signing. Meanwhile, at least 80% of programmes must have subtitles, unless the channels fall in the level 2 or 3 categories (see below).

All the main public broadcasters, plus Sky, are voluntarily exceeding the statutory targets.

Smaller channels and those with a low audience share do not face these requirements, also some in this group, such as Talking Pictures, are offering subtitled output on a voluntary basis.

Channels required to provide access services in 2019 
Source: Ofcom

Level One (full requirements) 
(81 channels as compared with 80 in 2018)

BBC One
BBC Two
BBC Four
BBC News
CBBC
CBeebies
ITV and STV
ITV2
ITV3
ITV4
ITVBE
CITV
Channel 4
4seven
E4
More4
Film4
Channel 5
5Star
5USA
5Select
5Spike
Nickelodeon
Nicktoons
Nick Jr
Nick Jr Too
MTV
MTV Music
Comedy Central
Comedy Central extra
Sky Arts
Sky Atlantic
Sky News
Sky 1
Sky 2
Sky Witness
Pick
Real Lives
Sky Sports Main Event
Sky Sports Premier League
Sky Sports Football
Sky Sports Cricket
Sky Sports Golf
Sky Sports Action
Sky Sports Mix
Sky Sports F1
Sky Sports News
Sky Cinema Premiere
Sky Cinema Comedy
Sky Cinema Action
Sky Cinema Family
Sky Cinema Sci Fi and Horror
Sky Cinema Greats
Sky Cinema Drama and Romance
Sky Cinema Hits
Sky Cinema Thriller
Sky Cinema Disney
Challenge
Dave
Eden
W
Yesterday
Alibi
Good Food
Home
Gold
Really
Drama
Disney Channel
Disney Jr
Disney XD
BT Sport 1
BT Sport 2
BT Sport 3
Universal
4Music
Discovery
Animal Planet
Quest
TLC
Fox

Level Two (full requirements for signing and audio description; 66% of subtitling) 
 (Four channels, zero change on 2018)
Boomerang
Cartoon Network
S4C
CBS Reality

Level Three (full requirements for signing and audio description; 33% of subtitling) (One channel as compared with zero in 2018)
National Geographic



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