Department for Culture Media and Sport
We work closely with the broadcasting industry, key groups representing the interests of viewers and listeners and members of the public, to help increase access to television for all groups of people, increase choice and maintain programme standards and quality.
The Communications Act 2003, extended the legal obligations on channels to provide subtitling, signing and audio description.
Ofcom is responsible for setting out the detailed obligations of channels and for monitoring compliance.
Section 20 of the Equality Act 2010 requires service providers to take positive steps to make their services accessible to people with disabilities. It states that where a service provider offers or provides services to members of the public, the provider will have to take such steps as is reasonable to make it easier for disabled people to make use of the service. Broadcasters are service providers and this therefore applies to them.
The Digital Switchover Help Scheme has been set up in partnership with the BBC to offer those aged 75 or over, disabled and visually impaired people and care home residents practical help to make the switch to digital television on one of their sets.