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Eurovision Access Services Experts Meeting

The Eurovision Access Services Experts Group brings together broadcast professionals from access services such as subtitling, signed programs, audio description and audio subtitling which enable sensory handicapped people to access the public broadcasters all over Europe.


The Eurovision Access Services Experts group gathers once a year to raise the most important questions. The next plenary meeting will take place on Tuesday 13 October 2015 in Brussels, and will cover the following topics: 

  • Automatic subtitling
  • How do other countries cope with access services?
  • Eastearn European countries and their challenges regarding access services: HRT case
  • ESC Sign: a Pan European project
  • Access services with a European perspective
  • HBBTV 2.0  


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For the first time, all participants are also invited to attend a pre-event organized the day before at VRT headquarters (Monday 12 October from 18:00). This pre-event will consist of a guided tour of VRT’s access services followed by a cocktail.

Monday 12 October

18:00 - Pre-event at VRT: Visit of VRT’s access services at VRT headquarters.

Tuesday 13 October

09:00 - Plenary meeting: Meeting of the Access Services Experts’ group at EBU’s Brussels office.

This year’s participation fee includes both the pre-event at VRT and the Access Services Experts’ meeting. You will be issued with an invoice after the event.


EBU Brussels office, 56 avenue des Arts, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Participation fee



  • 01 - More efficient with automatic subtitling? - Jurgen Lentz, Head of Subtitling TT888, NPO, The Netherlands
  • 02 - Case Study: How do Baltic States cope with Access Services? - Jaanus Lillenberg, New Media Director, ERR, Estonia
  • 03 - Eastern European countries and their challenges regarding Access Services - Ernest Strika, Engineer, HRT, Croatia
  • 04 - ESC Sign, a Pan European Innovation (456 Mb) - Eva-Maria Hinterwirth, Responsible for strategic planning and project management, ORF PROGRAMMSERVICE, Austria
  • 05 - Sign language translation for TV by deaf native users - David Padmore, Head of Access Services, Ericsson, UK
  • 06 - Access Services with a European perspective - Sabine Verheyen, Member of the European Parliament
  • 07 - HBBTV 2.0 and its opportunities for Access Services - Andreas Tai, Co-chairman of the EBU XMLSubs group, IRT, Germany
  • 08 - Roadmap for EBU-TT - Nigel Megitt, Co-chairman of the EBU XMLSubs group, BBC, UK
  • 09 - Towards an enabling environment for the deployment of solutions for e-accessibility, including Television/ICT applications for people with disabilities - Jaroslaw K.Ponder & Susan Schobb, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Switzerland
  • 10 - Access Services in HBBTV: HBB4ALL Test results - Francesc Mas Peinado, Engineer Consultor & Project Manager, Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals (CCMA S.A.), Spain