Interview with Ofcom
Ofcom is the body which oversees communications in the UK, including broadcast television. Since the 2003 Communications Act, they’ve required broadcasters to make a certain amount of their content accessible through subtitling, signing and audio description. They were also instrumental in the creation of the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT) and currently have a new consultation relating to how the BSLBT is funded. This consultation closes at 5pm on the 22nd of September.
See Hear’s William Mager went to talk with Peter Bourton, Head of TV content policy at Ofcom, about subtitling, signing, deaf television and what the consultation is all about.
You can read the full consultation document by following this link.
BBC Horizon - The Curtain of Silence (1973) now available on iPlayer with subtitles
Earlier this year, See Hear revisited a controversial Horizon documentary from 40 years ago, The Curtain of Silence.
Now for the first time ever, the Curtain of Silence can be viewed in full, with subtitles for deaf viewers as part of Horizon's 50th Anniversary Collection on iPlayer. Other fascinating programmes specially chosen to celebrate 50 years of Horizon are also available with subtitles.