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Public consultation launched on Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Access Rules

BAI  logo, couple relaxing on sofa, TV and remote control.On the 13th June 2018, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the content of their Access Rules. The BAI Access Rules, which have been in place since 2005, set out the amount of subtitling, Irish Sign Language and audio description which must be provided by Irish television broadcasters.

Under the Broadcasting Act 2009, the BAI is required to review its Access Rules every two years, and these proposed changes are based on the outcomes of an extensive statutory review which was held in 2017. It is proposed to make changes to the following four areas:

Under the proposed changes, broadcasters will also be required to appoint an Access Liaison Officer, who will act as a point of contact, improving and encouraging communication and engagement between service users and broadcasters.

The public consultation is open to members of the general public, representative groups and broadcasters, who can make submissions on the proposed changes to the BAI Access Rules up until Friday, 27th July 2018.

For further details on how to submit your comments on the proposed changes to the BAI Access Rules click here.

Alternatively, if you need further information on creating accessible digital content please do not hesitate to contact one of our team on (01) 415 12 85 or e-mail [email protected]