On 6th June #subtitlesnow campaign joined with #captionTHIS campaign in the US to flag up how deaf and hard of hearing people are locked out from digital content. It has had a huge impact with 3,113 people invited by 700 people to take part and 13,024 reading the posts (never mind the 1,314 tweets sent reaching 50,836 twitter accounts.

I didn’t know about today’s Headlining Disability: Arts, Sports, Disability and the Media and have found out too late to take part. Broadcasters were there talking about how to involved disabled people.

So this is my response:

Not one broadcaster responded to deaf or hard of hearing people’s concerns on 6th June.

Not one. So today’s event around arts, sports and media and representation of disabled people takes no account that it’s not just about getting disabled and deaf people involved. You have to be accessible too.

Since not one broadcaster (and No 10) could be bothered  we have a Hall of Shame.


The Hall of Shame includes:

  • Sky
  • BT Live Events
  • BBC Big Screen
  • The Space Arts on demand website and channel 117 [offers no subtitles or audio description]
  • BBC
  • Arts Council England
  • BBC Iplayer
  • Channel Four
  • Channel Four Insider
  • Channel Five
  • BT London Live
  • Amazon
  • Netfix
  • LoveFilms
  • Ted-X
  • The Guardian
  • Number 10 Downing Street

The BBC tweeted us before we started the campaign on 30 May: NONE OF THE BIG SCREEN EVENTS WILL BE ACCESSIBLE FOR DEAF OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED VISITORS. The Space Arts website/Freeview channel”is an experiment” and has no intention of ensuring content is accessible for deaf or visually impaired users because it ends in October (costing £4.5million and no thought for access).















If they need proof of the interest in  #subtitlesnow campaign – it reached a global audience of 50,836 people in just 3 weeks (30th May – 19th June) in over 20 countries including Bangladesh, India, USA, Europe, UK and Australia. We are still waiting for an answer…