Insights Ofcom publishes findings of its review of BBC’s television access service requirements


Ofcom’s Code on Television Access Services provides guidance on the provision of subtitles, audio description and signing that the BBC must observe on its television channels.

As required under the BBC Charter and Agreement, Ofcom has now completed a review of the Code. It has decided to maintain existing targets for BBC television channels: subtitling on all programmes, audio description on 10%, and signing on 5%. It is also making minor changes to the Code’s layout and wording to make it more user-friendly.

Ofcom says that it plans to consider guidance on the accessibility of BBC iPlayer separately, at the same time as it does for other on-demand services. To read Ofcom’s statement in full, click here.