BBC Vision celebrates 100% subtitling
BBC Vision has confirmed that it has reached its target of subtitling 100% of programmes on its main channels - BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies, CBBC and BBC News.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing people will now be able to fully enjoy the complete range of BBC television programmes on these networks.
Jana Bennett, Director, BBC Vision said: "Reaching this ambitious target is a fantastic achievement for BBC Vision and our technical teams. It's great to know that viewers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing will be able to enjoy the full breadth of our programmes across all of the BBC's television channels."
BBC technologists have played a key role in developing the technical standards for subtitling over many years.
In 1979, a documentary about deaf children called Quietly In Switzerland became the first BBC programme to carry subtitles using the brand new Ceefax technology.
Within a few years, landmark programmes such as The Living Planet were being made accessible to wider audences using this important new service.
Blue Peter was the first live programme to carry subtitles in 1986 and subtitling of news programmes followed in 1990.
The BBC's ambitious commitment to subtitle 100% of its programmes was made in 1999 and has required the development of new speech recognition technology.
The service now amounts to more than 50,000 hours of subtitled content each year and this includes all the BBC's National and Regional programming on BBC One and Two.
Delivering access services on demand via the BBC iPlayer is the BBC's next priority.
Jackie Ballard, Chief Executive of RNID, said: "We congratulate the BBC for rising to the challenge and reaching 100% subtitling on its main channels."
Susan Daniels, Chief Executive of NDCS, said: "We congratulate the BBC for achieving 100% subtitled output on its main channels. For the UK's 35,000 deaf children and young people, television is a vital window on the world and an important part of their enjoyment, social development and education."
The BBC is marking reaching this important target by sponsoring a Parliamentary event hosted by the RNID and NDCS.