ACMA remakes TV captioning standard

ACMA remakes TV captioning standard

New captioning compliance guidelines for TV networks will be developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

ACMA will be engaging with the broadcasting industry and the deaf and hard of hearing community over the coming months to discuss captioning issues raised during a recent review, including how a metric measurement model trial could be conducted.

Meanwhile ACMA has also announced the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2023, which replaces the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013 that was due to sunset on 1 October 2023. The standard has been remade without substantial changes after ACMA concluded the existing rules were operating effectively.

However there have also been a number of recent captioning breaches including by Nine, Seven and WIN TV.

A draft version of the guidelines is expected to be released later this year for public consultation.