Department for Culture Media and Sport


Ofcom monitors how well relevant television channels meet the legal requirements and has the power to impose sanctions, including fines, on broadcasters who do not comply.

The Communications Act 2003 requires Ofcom to draw up a code on promoting the understanding and enjoyment of programmes by viewers with sensory impairments.

The Code on Television Access Services includes minimum targets for the signing and audio description of programmes by licensees, specified in the Act. These targets can be amended by the Secretary of State through secondary legislation. Ofcom are required to occasionally review and revise this code.

2009 Ofcom Television Access Service Review

Ofcom will continue to monitor current levels of audio description. We have asked Ofcom to report to us if average levels of provision fall significantly below current levels, so that we can consider whether to review the targets, or invite Ofcom to review and make recommendations.