Insights Ofcom consults on British Sign Language on TV channels and on-demand services

Ofcom is inviting people who use British Sign language (BSL) to tell it what they think about signing on TV and video-on-demand services. The survey aims to find out how often BSL users watch signed programmes, the types of programmes they watch, and what they think of the quality and availability of signed programmes. Ofcom says that the feedback will be crucial in helping to inform its guidelines on signing for TV channels and on-demand services, including what types of programmes should be prioritised.

Ofcom would like to hear from people who:

  • are over 16 and use BSL to communicate;
  • live with someone over 16 who uses BSL to communicate; or
  • have a child under 16 who uses BSL to communicate.

Participants can respond through an online BSL-interpreted survey, or by sending Ofcom a video of them signing their response. The survey is open until 1 July 2021. To access the survey, click here.